The 10 commandments of Lightroom black and white conversions |
Digital Camera World

Lightroom makes the process of converting a colour image to black and white a two-second job, but it’s deceptively easy. Good black and white conversion is not just about losing the colour; not all images work so well in black and white, and a cack-handed conversion sticks out like a sore thumb. Here’s a quick rundown of 10 essential considerations when you are mulling monochrome…


Fujinon XF Lenses

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Understanding the Difference Between Photoshop and Lightroom |

One of the most common questions I hear from people just starting out in photography is, “What program should I use to edit my photos?”. There are many free options such as iPhoto, Picasa, GIMP, and other commercial programs such as AfterShot Pro and Pixelmator but the most popular programs are Photoshop and Lightroom. That question is usually followed by another, which seems quite logical, “What’s the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?”. While the two programs do share many similarities, and are both widely used by the photographic community, they each serve a unique purpose and are quite different in some very major ways. Understanding what makes them similar, as well as different, can help you make an informed choice when selecting the right software for your needs……

The Very Best X-Trans Lightroom Workflow | Hendrik Hazeu

OKOKOK – or maybe the very worst ;-) … All depends on your preferences and from which perspective you look at it ! I just prefer to spend as little time behind a computer screen as possible & rather’d go out take some PIX ! … Like this one, i found in Buitrago de Lozoya, Spain where there’s a great Pablo Picasso Museum: Go on and take a look, if you get a chance, you sure ain’t gonna regret it ! Anyway – in this Blog i’d like to share my X-Trans workflow. Yeah I know this kinda topic has been beaten to death elsewhere, but after reading ’em all i developed my own „simplified“ workflow & hope it’s of some interest to you X-Trans fans out there ! So, before X-Trans life was easy: import images, move some sliders around, DONE ! Then along came Fuji with their ab-so-lute-ly AWESOME APS-C X-Trans sensor – and nothing worked no more ! Even Adobe’s latest re-incarnation of Lightroom 5.7 still don’t cut it for me: The converted RAW files still often demonstrate the dreaded „smearing effect“ on green foliage and other small details …


Fuji X100T

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Hands-on: X-T1 and Lightroom Tethered Plugin. Yessss |
Patrick La Roque

Back in those halcyon days of Photokina, I stood on stage and shot two wonderful models with an X-T1, my images freely flowing through the miracle of USB, tethered to a PC laptop with… Beta software; there were hiccups. The hiccups were eventually fixed. I eventually got rid of those cold sweats and had a wonderful time. All of it was dependent on a PC-only application that was officially released a few months later. Good stuff. But I’m a Mac guy and I was still chomping at the bits… Until yesterday when Fujfilm announced what many of us had been waiting for with bated breath: Lightroom tethering plugins. Yes plural, as in Mac and PC. Folks, for the past 45 minutes I’ve been playing with a beta version of that plugin and I’m just giddy. I mean, I’d tried everything: Eye-Fi cards with Ad-Hoc network (shudder), the wonderful but limited (for this) Remote app, Lightroom Mobile (nope)… None of these could to the job properly and I had resigned myself to waiting, fingers crossed. I can tell you this: it may be in beta, but it just works. The plugin is installed like any other plugin, the easiest way being to open Plug-In Manager, click Add and navigate to the plugin file. Lightroom will install and enable the plugin right away, no restart required……..


Fuji X-T1

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High-Contrast B&W With Lightroom | Romanas Naryškin

A while ago, I wrote an article on low-contrast B&W conversions with Lightroom. After reading through some of the response the article received I was pleasantly surprised that so many of our readers actually prefer low-contrast look over the ever-popular high-contrast conversions. That is not to say high-contrast B&W photography is in some way inferior, not at all. It is merely the more popular, the more easily accepted sort of look, which is exactly the reason why I saw fit to go against the wave and start with the opposite. Now, ever since I wrote that piece, I’ve received several requests for a similar article on a high-contrast conversion. This topic is particularly tricky for me since I rarely do high-contrast B&W, but the requests did remind me of one occasion where I was deliberately working towards such a result from the very start. And so, as always, we begin with a photograph……..


Adobe’s Software Bloating, Performance Issues and Bugs |
Nasim Mansurov

I will be honest, I am not a fan of Adobe as a company. I never liked their business model: their practice of gobbling up competition (sometimes out of fear), their Creative Cloud extortion and their sleazy management that only cares about their next quarter revenues. But most of all, I never liked Adobe’s poor software development practices. In my past tech life, Adobe products were always a big pain due to numerous security holes and huge, frequent updates. In fact, Adobe has been notoriously bad with releasing poorly tested software with too many security holes. In 2011, Adobe dominated Kaspersky Lab’s top ten PC vulnerabilities list, with “extremely critical” security vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to gain access to computer systems and execute arbitrary code. These security vulnerabilities spanned several Adobe products, which most PCs had at the time and even today: Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player. No wonder Apple did not want to support flash in its iOS (which thankfully resulted in the slow demise of the Adobe Flash), since Flash was a very badly written, resource intensive platform to begin with. Although Steve Jobs mostly blamed Adobe Flash for being a PC-era platform, two of the biggest reasons why Flash support was excluded from iOS were in fact related to security and stability concerns……..


Lightroom 5.7 and Camera RAW ACR 8.7 | Adobe

Lightroom 5.7 is now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5. This release provides support for additional camera raw file support, new lens profiles as well as a couple of reported bugs.


Updates to Synced Collections:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar. This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog. Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for the synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge icon, indicating that there are comments.  A colored badge  indicates that there are unread comments.
  • Integrated utility to import images from Apple Aperture and Apple iPhoto libraries into Lightroom:

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.7

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X
  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
  • Casio EX-100PRO
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Fujifilm X100T
  • Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver…….


ACR inkl. „Classic Chrome“ film setting for X100T and X-T1 GS

Rebecca Lily Pro Set III presets for Lightroom & Photoshop –
A taste of film in your digital work | MirrorLessons

Exactly one year ago, I reviewed the Rebecca Lily Pro Set II for Lightroom. I became interested in these presets because some of them were specifically designed for the Fujifilm X-Trans sensor and at the time, the Adobe software hadn’t yet added the Film Simulation Modes for Fuji RAF files. While completely different from Fuji X camera colour rendering, Rebecca’s set proved a very interesting alternative that gave a nice and delicate filmic look to digital images…….


Replichrome II: Slide Breakdown | Totally Rad

Replichrome II includes presets for Fuji™, Agfa™ and Kodak™ slide films. This set contains multiple versions of each slide film, using both Nortitsu™ and Epson™ scanners. Slide films are known for their exceptional color quality and high contrast and are particularly well-suited for landscape, fashion and reportage photography……

  • Astia 100F™ :: Calibrated / + / – / —
  • Astia 100F™ :: Noritsu / P / + / – / —
  • Provia 100F™ :: Calibrated / + / –
  • Provia 100F™ :: Noritsu / P / + / –
  • Provia 400X™ :: Calibrated / NoGr / + / –
  • Provia 400X™ :: Noritsu / NoGr / + / –
  • Sensia 400™ :: Calibrated / NoGr / + / ++
  • Sensia 400™ :: Noritsu / NoGr / + / ++
  • Velvia 50™ :: Calibrated / + / ++ / –
  • Velvia 50™ :: Noritsu / L / + / ++ / –
  • Velvia 100™ :: Calibrated / P / + / –
  • Velvia 100™ :: Noritsu / + / –
  • E100G™ :: Calibrated / + / –
  • E100G™ :: Noritsu / + / –
  • E100VS™ :: Calibrated / L / – / + / ++
  • E100VS™ :: Noritsu / + / ++
  • E200™ :: Calibrated / NoGr / + / ++
  • E200™ :: Noritsu / NoGr / + / ++
  • Ektachrome 64X™ :: Calibrated / + / ++
  • Ektachrome 64X™ :: Noritsu / + / ++
  • Panther 400X™ :: Calibrated / NoGr / + / ++
  • Panther 400X™ :: Noritsu / NoGr / + / ++
  • EPP 100™ :: Calibrated / + / –
  • EPP 100™ :: Noritsu / + / –
  • P800-1600™ :: Calibrated / NoGr / + / –
  • P800-1600™ :: Noritsu / NoGr /
  • Agfa 200RS™ :: Calibrated / Gr / NoGr / + / –
  • Agfa 200RS™ :: Noritsu/ NoGr / + / –
  • Agfa 1000RS™ :: Calibrated / NoGr / + / ++ / –
  • Agfa 1000RS™ :: Noritsu / NoGr / + / ++ / –
  • Agfa CTX 100™ :: Calibrated / +
  • Agfa CTX 100™ :: Noritsu / +
  • Agfa RSXII 50™ :: Calibrated / + / –
  • Agfa RSXII 50™ :: Noritsu / + / –
  • Agfa Scala 200X™ :: BW / NoGr / + / –
  • Scotch Chrome 100™ :: Calibrated / +
  • Scotch Chrome 100™ :: Noritsu / + …….

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Fuji Colour Profile Presets for Lightroom to help speed up your
workflow | Thomas Fitzgerald

Now that Lightroom has added colour profiles for Fuji’s x-series of cameras, you may want to use them regularly in your processing. Rather than having to go down to the calibration menu each time and find the profile in the list (which can be quite long if you have VSCO installed) I’ve created a set of presets for each of the main profiles. This way you just have to click on the relevant preset. To take it a step further I’ve added a few variations of each one for common tasks, again to help speed up ones workflow. The four variations are:

  • Base: Just the profile applied
  • Sharp: With added sharpening from my Fuji sharpening presets.
  • Sharp CA: With sharpening and Chromatic Aberration reduction turned on.
  • Sharp DRE: With all of the above, and some highlight and shadow manipulation as well as some tweaking of the tone curve and clarity for a little extra oomph.

I’ve just created versions for the colour looks. I haven’t done the black and white ones, because personally, I have better ways to make black and white images. These are just workflow tools to help you get started, they’re not meant as magical fixes for your images…….

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