Software Update: Adobe Camera Raw 13.0 Adds Colour Grading, Speedier Local Adjustments, Cleaner Edit Panels Interface, New Cameras & Lenses Support – Commentary

Camera Raw 13.0 installer




What’s new in Adobe Camera Raw

Version 13.0:

Control shadows, midtones, and highlights with Color Grading:

  • Achieve the perfect mood to fit your creative visions with powerful color controls for shadows, midtones, and highlights or adjust the overall color of your image

Faster local adjustments editing with all new GPU support:

  • Experience faster editing while using the Adjustment Brush, applying Graduated Filter or Radial Filter, and adjusting sliders for all local corrections

Show or hide edit panels based on your needs:

  • Easily show or hide Edit panels with the new Edit Panels to Show option. There is also a Compact Layout Preferences option to further customize your workspace

Support for new cameras and lenses:

  • Find newly added cameras and lenses in the full list of supported profiles


Both photographs below were made by pointing the camera into a large plate-glass window that was reflecting action from outdoors while overlaying it on action occurring inside the building, and are not double or triple exposures. Using manual focus lenses made it easier to choose the precise plane of focus compared to using autofocus lenses in the same scenario. 

Adobe has finally added the colour grading functionality previously found in other raw image editing software like Phase One’s Capture One Pro and its variants, derived from the colour grading controls native to video editing and colour grading applications like Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

Not before time given the fact that many contemporary photographers are also cinematographers and vice versa and so may appreciate familiar features and interfaces.

I did the two quick and dirty colour grading variations above to express aspects of a protest against Indian coal mining giant  Adani and its contractors, enhancing the emotions on both sides with extra colour in the shadows, midtones and highlights.

The colour grading feature will come in handy for photo illustrations and expressionist renderings like these, and especially portraits where my customary documentary approach may not be expressive enough to underscore aspects of the sitter’s personality.

It is a shame, though, that Adobe has not seen fit to improve its still substandard conversion of Fujifilm’s X-Trans files which results in the “wriggling worms” effect visible when viewing images at 100% and higher magnifications.

I avoided the wriggling worms by processing each .RAF raw file in Iridient Digital’s excellent Iridient X-Transformer software which outputs a .DNG file that can then be processed in Adobe Camera Raw.


thomas fitzgerald: Capture One Express Fujifilm: An Overview

“In this video I give you a quick walkthrough of Capture One Express for Fujifilm (Also for Sony) to get you up to speed, starting with importing, then some basic editing, and finally how to export….”


Now that Phase One has released its free Capture One Express raw processing software for Fujifilm, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

I learned how to use Capture One Pro, the full version that supports hundreds of different cameras and lenses, some years ago by watching free training videos on the Web, and can highly recommend Thomas Fitzgerald as a Capture One teacher as well.


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Phase One Releases Capture One Fujifilm Raw Processor and Image Editing Software, Free Express and Paid Pro Versions Available

All raw processing and image editing software is not created equal although all such products I have used in recent years, whether open source and free or purchased, are very capable of achieving great results even if some products’ interfaces could do with a little modernizing. 

One of my favourite raw image processors and image editors is Phase One’s Capture One Pro, and it is especially good for processing photographs containing skin tones. 

Hardly surprising given Capture One is primarily aimed at fashion, portrait and wedding photographers and also has a large user base amongst architectural and landscape photographs, especially those working with large sensor cameras and who often need to print their images large, really large. 

Phase One Capture One Express Fujifilm, professional image editor and raw processor application for Fujifilm GFX and X camera users.

Capture One Pro has ably though partially supported Fujifilm X Series cameras for some time now but according to statements made by Phase One staff members and reported in the specialist online press, supporting Fujifilm’s GFX Series medium format cameras would not be on the cards due to a perceived conflict of interest.

Phase One has long been a major player in the medium format camera and sensor world with its own ranges of excellent though expensive cameras and digital backs.

The release of two versions aimed directly at Fujifilm camera users, the free Capture One Express Fujifilm and the licensed Capture One Pro Fujifilm, comes as a pleasant surprise.

The latest version of Capture One Pro 11 supports Fujifilm X-T3 raw files, as indicated by the test I did this afternoon with the three X-T3 images above, and I will look for a GFX raw file to try out soon.

This has been a great day for Fujifilm product announcements and now this unexpected bonus comes too.

Raw files from Fujifilm X-T3, processed in Capture One Pro with styles


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