“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.
1Styles.pro – two collections of excellent film simulations styles for use in Capture One in its various versions.
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.
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 18.104.22.168 with 1Styles.pro styles
Photography has a glorious and long pre-digital history in form of black-and-white aka monochrome, colour in the form of colour transparency film and colour negative film, and colour and monochrome in the form of instant films.
Little wonder, then, that for many of us who grew up in the analog era analog film emulations provide an essential array of image processing presets, ways of interpreting images based on how films and printing methods shaped tone and colour and thus emotion and information.
I often rely on film emulation software in the form of look-up tables aka LUTs, presets, plug-ins and standalone software whether editing stills or video, and one of my favourite film emulation preset collections is made by Alexander Svet of 1Styles.pro.
Mr Svet’s Capture One Film Styles and Capture One Film Styles Extended Set play a big role in how I use Phase One’s Capture One Pro raw image processing software and both sets’ 200in-total film emulation styles are, in my opinion, essentials for anyone needing to make the most out of image editing in Capture One.
I cannot recommend them too highly.
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If you’re following AlexOnRAW for a while, you know – that’s a big deal. Discounts on our styles are a quite rare, and it’s 100% worth to grab.
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Skylum Software, the independent photography image editing and raw file processing software company, maker of the excellent Aurora HDR, Luminar and Creative Kit desktop applications, has released the Jupiter update for Luminar 2018.
Skylum Software was formerly known as Macphun during its macOS-only days and changed its name to better reflect the fact that the company is now making its software for Windows as well as macOS.
Luminar 2018 Jupiter contains over 300 improvements and updates to make Luminar more responsive and more useful, including significant performance enhancements to allow faster photo editing with speed gains of up to a factor of twelve.
Luminar’s Raw Develop filter has reportedly been updated for even cleaner images with better color and less noise.
Luminar’s long-awaited digital asset manager (DAM) functionality is scheduled for release later in 2018.
“… 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!”
“Iridient X-Transformer is finally out of beta and version 1.0 is now available to download from the company’s website. The updated version is mainly just bug fixes from beta 4 but it also includes support for the X-E3.
I will update my guide to make a point of the new version once I’ve tested it to see if there are any surprises. If you haven’t seen my X-Transformer guide, it’s basically an eBook featuring an explanation of the software’s settings, along with various suggestions for parameters in the form of recipes, along with corresponding Lightroom settings….”
Iridient Developer 3.2 has also been released and remains one of the two consistently most reliable raw processors (along with Capture One Pro) for raw files from Fujifilm cameras, adding support for the new Fujifilm X-E3 rangefinder-style camera as well as a host of cameras by other manufacturers.
While Iridient Developer is a more fully fledged raw processor, Iridient X-Transformer is aimed at outputting DNG raw files from Fujifilm cameras that can then be opened in various image editing applications for further processing.
I am still working out my preferred raw processing and image editing editing workflow, and it may always be in flux to some degree given that both types of software and the digital asset management software with which they cooperate are works in progress.
Iridient Digital – Iridient X-Transformer – “Iridient X-Transformer is a utility that can be used to convert Fujifilm RAF images to DNG format using Iridient Digital’s high quality RAW processing algorithms.”
Iridient Digital – list of Fujifilm cameras supported by Iridient X-Transformer 1.0.
“Raw bit depth is often discussed as if it improves image quality and that more is better, but that’s not really the case. In fact, if your camera doesn’t need greater bit depth then you’ll just end up using hard drive space to record noise….
… if your camera doesn’t capture more than 12 stops of DR, you probably shouldn’t clamor for 14-bit Raw: it’s not going to increase the subtlety of gradation in your final images (especially not if you’re viewing them as 8-bit). All those extra bits would do is increase the amount of storage you’re using by around 16% with all of that space being devoted to an archive of noise.”
“… When I add grain, it is solely through Exposure. One of the main reasons I add grain is because I want the image when viewed onscreen to have that touchable, tactile, textured quality. I think about it like it’s a sheet of fine-grit sandpaper. I want the completed work to evoke the idea of a printed picture when you view it. So I usually make the grain small, add it most in the shadows and least in the highlights but still across the whole image….”