Here’s a handy little tip I discovered recently. You can use Photoshop’s droplets to make Lightroom Plug-ins. Ok, that might be over-selling it slightly, but, by creating an action in Photoshop and then saving it as a droplet, you can then assign that droplet to work like a plug-in in Lightroom. Here’s how I’ve used it… To start, as part of my on-going quest to get the most out of Fuji X-Trans files, I had been working on a way to clean up the weird edges that Lightroom can give with x-trans files. I ended up with quite a complex photoshop action, which actually works quite well (more on that in a future post) and also adds some sharpening and a few other things. I don’t know what made me think of trying it as a droplet, but I’m glad I did. Anyway, the process is pretty simple, so here’s how to do it. In this example I’m using another action I created, for sharpening 24mp images……
Sometimes I wonder why companies spend the time developing new features, when they don’t appear to have a lot of value. At least to me. Well, one of those new features just proved very beneficial to me. That new feature is the built-in Wi-Fi on the Fujifilm X-E2 and the corresponding iPhone Camera App. I have used the Camera App to transfer photos from the X-E2 to my iPhone and iPad in the past, but I have never considered it appropriate for my work photography, as it doesn’t integrate with my Lightroom workflow (import, rename, tag, title, caption, process, upload to Flickr). To maintain that workflow, I use a laptop, with LR installed, when I travel. I typically do that processing and delivery within a couple of hours of the end of the event, as I wait for a flight home. I can edit a very large number of images in a short time and deliver the initial batch of images to be posted, so that my colleagues can start to distribute to government websites and social media outlets. Upon returning to my office, I can integrate the laptop files and edits into my main LR catalog, and finish any edits and delivery of images…..
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It’s a long time coming, but I wanted too finish the discussion I started about using black and white with the Fuji X100s. I extend this now to really include all the Fuji X series, including the X-Pro1 and the X-E2. If you recall from the first part I tried what others have used by increasing contrast using the red filter option. However, I didn’t like the grey rendering for some colors. Using color filters for ten years with black and white film, I used the K2 Yellow filter more than any other. I used the light green filter scone most and only rarely used the red filter. There is no question that red produces the highest contrast. However, red also passes red light through as a very light shade of gray and blue light as very dark gray. If most of your photography consists of portraits, the using the red filter will result in artificially light colored lips (red is light, remember?). Landscapes typically turn out more natural which is why the red filter is used most often in landscape work. So, what is the solution? …….
…. a big part of the job in landscape photography is getting there. That’s why the way you pack your gear is crucial. Instead of using a dedicated camera bag, I use an insert that can be placed in any regular backpack or shoulder bag. This particular one is a Horus Bennu HD321022. In this photo, I packed the camera, wide lens, cable release, filter holder assembly, filters, charger and two spare batteries. The filters go in a Cokin plastic case or filter wallet, both available from eBay. As you can see there is plenty of room to spare (and I’d love to fill it with an interchangeable Fuji X system soon ). Using an insert keeps your photography kit discreet and flexible. When it’s all packed and folded, it looks like this (note the soda can for size reference)……
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I do a moderate amount of studio photography. When I do, I shoot portraits for government ministers, deputy ministers and executives for my work and the occasional freelance portrait job. When I do shoot in a studio environment, I have missed being able to shoot tethered since I made the switch to Fujifilm X-cameras. This past week, I started to shoot tethered using my X-cameras. In anticipation of a studio session to shoot images for an opera promotion poster, I wanted to have a way to see the images large, right away, and to share them with the client with whom I was collaborating. I wanted fairly quick feedback on what is working and not working, so that we could achieve our goals for the shoot without having to wait until I had downloaded the photos to Lightroom. Mind you, I wasn’t looking to make edits, all I wanted to do was see the files large enough to make critical decisions. ……
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Having just written a 26 page paper on Documentary Photography and the Citizen Reporter I thought it was useful to make a comment here. As most know, it’s a hard time for professional photographers these days (not to mention photographic equipment companies). Things have changed since the film era and technology has exploded exponentially. First digital cameras and now we have mobile computers with cameras within, which we commonly know as the smart phone or camera phone. Now, I am not deflating nor condemning the worth of the camera phone, it has tremendous applications and has allowed so many more to discover the joy of photography. But the smart phone has it’s limitations. Although manufacturers are feverishly striving to improve the camera quality with every new incarnation, the phone as an imaging device is still lacking. Control and quality are the main failings, but then they are surely offset by size, convenience and speed. The simple fact is that it is hard to even purchase a phone nowadays sans an included camera. Therefore these are devices that are most commonly with us as we go about life. At any given moment we can use our phone to capture a moment, a situation, anything that happens before us. Then, and what the current consumer has come to expect, publish this immediately. Technology has driven us to have expectations. We have less free time and that we have we want to enjoy so everything is at a frenetic pace and through technology we demand speed. We want everything we are used to but we now expect it NOW! …..
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I put together a short tutorial video on processing the Fuji RAW files using ACR, in order to give people a starting point for their own RAW file post processing. PP on X-Trans files is different to other Bayer sensor derived images, so yur existing PP may not get you the desired results from the get-go. This video walks you through the import of the RAW file, and processing using the controls in ACR to get a clean, sharp, well exposed image file in Photoshop/LightRoom……
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What Is TTL
I’ll start part 2 (part 1 is HERE) by describing what TTL actually is. Feel free to skip this part if you already know this. Back in the good old film days a lot of flash guns had a small calculator in the form of a chart or a small disk that rotated. These things basically calculated what setting worked for the Guide Number of the flash you were using. I had a Vivitar 283 back in the early 80′s, which was one of the most popular and reliable guns of it’s time. It had a dial built into the hinge of the bounce head (photo left). You set the dial to whatever ASA/Din number your film was (now called ISO) and the dial told you what distance you would cover with the varies apertures. The coloured sections corresponded to a dial on the front of the camera. It all goes a bit hazy after that…it was a long time ago. But I do remember having a cable that plugged into the front of the gun to use it off the camera.Fast forward to today and we have much more sophisticated flashes that talk to the camera and vice versa. The camera takes it’s exposure reading through the lens (TTL) and tells the flash the information it needs to know. The flash then works out how much power it needs to put out to achieve a good exposure. The flash gun can also let you know via it’s display if the right exposure was obtained……
I thought id take a few moments to share my experiences this past weekend in Big Sur/Carmel while shooting with only my x100…..
For anyone interested in my ramblings here you go:
I can’t stress this enough, x100 is so small and light compared to D700 + 24-40 (16-35) it made everything easier. Taking it to café’s, bars, restaurants is unassuming. Carrying it all day with a strap, or even holding it or stuffing it in a fleece pocket is easy. Also I didn’t need a separate large camera only bag for the flight. Camera, charger and all accessories fit in my Domke F-5XA bag, which fit in my small carry on bag.
I recently bought the RRS plate, it’s awesome, makes the camera feel a bit more solid, I kept it on even when not using tripod.
Used the new 95mb and 45mb / memory cards with no issues, freezes etc. Long exposures didn’t take too long to write.
Since I was shooting a lot of landscapes I didn’t have many issues with AF, I simply picked my desired spot with the AF grid and then switched to MF and put my ND filters on.
I used a step up ring to use my larger filters, 6 and 10 stop ND filters.
Used a cheap locking screw cable release.
Raw Files are awesome. 2 stops easy to push pull in both directions highlight correction etc.
Really wish this camera had face detection, when the girlfriend tried taking shots of me the focus was all over the place, and she has no desire to reposition the AF or do anything else besides “click” and done. Not a huge deal, but still.
There were sometimes the landscape didn’t allow for zooming with feet, aka McWay Falls. Would have been nice to zoom.
Battery meter. Didn’t realize this issue before, it really goes from full to dead in like 15 shots!? Lucky I brought cheap extras.
Is there a way to get the histogram larger on the back LCD screen during preview mode? When taking long exposures in bright sunlight it was sometimes tough to fully read it.
Weather proofing would have been nice, since the waves were crashing.
Lack of C1, C2 customizing. Can I just save my landscape settings, base ISO, MF etc as one setting? And have another set for hand held shooting, auto ISO etc? That would be awesome. (Love that on the s95.)
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