“… Not sure how? It really is very simple – just rely on the JPEG histogram. The one on the back of your camera will do, or one derived from a JPEG by some viewer, or (sometimes) even by a RAW converter….
… So, if you don’t want to trade your (technically) best shots for worse ones, start using RAW histograms for culling!”
“Do you yearn for a bird’s eye view? The latest version of Luminar for Mac features powerful and dedicated tools that help aerial photographers create their best photos ever….
… The new workspace instantly reveals the key photo filters you need to fix and enhance your aerial photos, from Dehaze to Accent filter, powered by artificial intelligence….”
- Nomadic Pursuits – Macphun’s Luminar is flying high!
“Photolemur is the world’s first fully automated solution for creating perfect photos. It works on Mac and PC, automatically analyzes and perfects your images, and doesn’t require any manual involvement.
Photolemur is designed for anyone who takes photos. Just drag, drop and leave the rest to Photolemur, which will enhance them beautifully using artificial intelligence, smart tech and a bit of magic….”
- Photolemur – 12 Essentials powers that improve your photography
At the moment I don’t rely on JPEGs from any cameras as my SOOC (straight-out-of-camera) originals for online or print reproduction. Several reasons, prime of which is our lousy national broadband upload speeds and allocations. Then there is the fact that I use and love two different mirrorless camera systems for their different video capabilities and when shooting stills I prefer to edit raw files to colour match projects shot with both. Lastly, I don’t have any clients that demand fast turnaround and online transmission soon after shooting.
I do, however, like to set custom JPEG and video profiles on each system’s cameras and my preference is looks emulating some of the great analog films of yesteryear. Using as many of them as I could lay hands on, processing and printing my own negatives and transparencies, may have wrecked my health but it exposed me to a vast range of analog tone and colour possibilities that I now apply to visualizing and processing digital images.
Although my workflow does not require film simulation presets when shooting, it is fun to have them in-camera as custom settings. The latest firmware for for Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 and X-T2 permits renaming all seven custom settings. Until Peter Dareth Evans of Pete Takes Pictures shared his custom settings, I had both of Kevin Mullins’ wedding photojournalism customs settings installed but yearned for other looks as well.
Six of the greats plus one
Mr Evans seven custom settings pay homage to some of the greats of photography – William Eggleston, Joel Sternfeld, Mary Ellen Mark, Daido Moriyama, Garry Winogrand and John Bulmer – and one Fujifilm X-Photographer member of the KAGE Collective, Patrick LaRoque.
Those six greats, or at least the photographic schools of thought to which they belong, have been important to my own development as a photographer and moviemaker, so I quickly overwrite my custom settings with them and custom named them according to Mr Evans’ own descriptions.
I am looking forward to putting them to the test with some serious photography soon. Meantime I applied them to some quick and dirty X-Pr02 videos of domestic scenes and was impressed.
The downside of Fujifilm’s implementation of video on the X-Pro2, other than being 1080p only, is that only the film simulation part of the settings apply. Dynamic Range, Grain Effect, Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone, Colour, Noise, Grain, Sharpness settings have no effect on video though they do on JPEGs.
My quick and dirty workaround is to apply a tone recovery LUT from my ever-growing collection of free and paid-for LUTs, in this case FilmContrast_Light.cube from CoreMelt’s LUTx Feature Looks Collection or either of the two recovery LUTs from James Miller’s DeLUTS Fujifilm X-Pro2 LUT set.
Fujifilm, give us exposure zebras on all your cameras PLEASE!
Although Fujifilm continues to improve its cameras’ video capabilities, the company has several blindspots that have me wondering about its commitment to moviemakers using their cameras.
None of Fujifilm’s cameras’ firmware includes exposure zebras, the most essential tool for obtaining correct exposure of video and stills via ETTR – expose to the right. I rely on zebras when shooting video and stills on all my cameras of another mirrorless brand and zebras’ absence from the X-T2 is a major factor in not purchasing one despite its otherwise promising video support.
Crippling the application of custom settings to the X-Pro2’s video capability is deeply disappointing though it did not deter me from purchasing the X-Pro2. I have been yearning for an affordable digital interchangeable lens OVF camera for years now and the X-Pro2 has satisfied that desire for my stills photography work.
Shooting movies with OVF cameras is a passion and pleasure, perhaps peculiar to someone like me who began making short movies with old OVF film cameras. I so wish that the X-Pro2 supported zebras in its EVF, monitor and ERF, and allowed me to fine-tune my custom settings for video in the way that Messers Evans and Mullins do for stills photography.
- CoreMelt – LUTx powerful LUT tool for FCPX – Feature Looks Collections includes three FilmContrast LUTs for recovering high and low values. I use FilmContrast_Light.cube as a starting point for X-Pro2 footage.
- CoreMelt – NAB 2017 Presentations: Chromatic Color Grading Plugin
- DeLUTs – Fujifilm X-Pro2 DELUTS – Cinematographer James Miller’s X-Pro2 video LUTs containing two recovery LUTs.
- F16.Click – Shooting Weddings with Fuji – British wedding photojournalist Kevin Mullins shares his best settings.
- Fuji Rumors – This Guy Fine Tuned his Fujifilm Film Simulation Settings Inspired by the Work of Great Film Photographers. See “Chrome Eggleston” & More
- Pete Takes Pictures – Film & Vision – Making Fuji-X Simulations Work For You – Peter Dareth Evans.
Photolemur, a brand new software product for Mac OS X, has just been launched into its pre-order discount phase. Photolemur, according to the statement at the top of its pre-order web page, is “the world’s first automatic photo enhancement solution, that instantly makes your photos much better with the help of computer science & artificial intelligence”.
Lower down, an FAQ question, “Who is the user for Photolemur and why do they need this product?”, is answered with “All-in-all, Photolemur is not for professional photographers, it is for the rest of us, who take a lot of photos, and want this [sic] photos automatically become more beautiful.”
But you know what? If I were back in the field as a magazine or news photographer, or indeed an event photographer, I suspect I would love Photolemur and rely on it for rapidly and intelligently batch processing the large takes those two fields of photography often demand.
While it is true that cameras like Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 and X-T2 can produce excellent film-simulated JPEGs, hence the SOOC label one sees on many photographs from both published online, in my experience every photograph regardless of camera and file type can benefit from some degree of enhancement.
The Photolemur pre-order page has a long list of automatic image enhancement features, all of them solid and well-considered, and the two foremost for me and my purposes are batch processing for 40 photos and raw processing for over 800 cameras.
I haven’t seen nor tried Photolemur yet but I am very much looking forward to trying it out. It could be the completely unexpected automatic image enhancement solution that might change my career and what I do in stills photography.
Shoot, batch process in Photolemur, send off the number one selects then go back later to refine the images in other image editing and raw processing software. My workflow might be about to change for the better.
And as to Photolemur and image processing for movie productions? Think time-lapse sequences.