Atomos is excited to announce support for ProRes RAW, a new format from Apple that combines the incredible performance of ProRes with the flexibility of RAW video. The ProRes RAW update will be available free for the Atomos Shogun Inferno and Sumo 19 devices.
Atomos devices are the only monitor recorders to offer ProRes RAW, with realtime recording from the pristine sensor output of Panasonic, Sony and Canon cameras….
“… 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!”
“We haven’t announced it officially, but many of you have already guessed that the new version of Luminar will be available this year….
… Right off the bat, get better images with an improved RAW engine that’s not only faster but delivers less noise and better color. Then take complete control over your image with new Lens Correction and Transform Tools, plus old favorites such as Spot Heal and Color Temperature to remove flaws.
We’ve dramatically improved the existing filters and added blazing fast noise reduction for cleaning up unwanted noise in real-time. Also added: new impressive filters to stylize, tone, and enhance your photos, including Sun Rays, Dodge & Burn, LUT Mapping, Hue Shift, Brilliance, and a cool new Matte Look….
… We’re working on a fantastic digital asset manager (“DAM”) which will work like magic with the hard drives you already own and with any cloud storage platform you want to use. …”
“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.
“… 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….”
Phase One has released its first major update of the year for raw processing powerhouse application Capture One Pro, making its latest version 10.1, and it brings a slew of new and improved features. My two favourites of the list are a major enhancement to CP1’s styles workflow and greatly improved, speed-boosted support for Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor cameras such as the X-Pro2 and X-T2. But wait, there’s more, including improvements to CP1’s support for Photoshop .PSD files for those who finish their images in Adobe’s image editing software, a before/after function via a temporary adjustment’s reset, tokenized image watermarking and new Applescript support. Lastly, C1P adds support for a range of cameras including the Sony A9, Fujifilm X-T20 and the Panasonic Lumix GH5, and lenses from a range of camera and lens makers.
One of those newly-supported lenses is the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 Aspheric standard lens that came with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 in a Panasonic Australia marketing promotion. The 25mm f/1.7 is an underestimated lens that I have come to appreciate especially attached to the GX8 when I use it to simulate shooting with a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera, the GX8’s EVF tilted upwards for discrete waist level shots in city crowds. I look forward to seeing C1P’s support for it in action soon.
The GX8 and its tilting EVF may be the closest we will come to the Rolleiflex waist level shooting style in the digital era, though the Fujifilm GFX 50s’ optional EVF tilt adapter may be a good simulation in combination with the camera’s 1:1 aspect ratio setting and its GF63mmF2.8 R WR standard lens.
Capture One Pro 10.1’s much improved Styles and Presets functionality
Capture One Pro 10.1 in action. If you were a fan of the way previous CP1 versions handled the styles and presets dropdown menus, occluding the image like this, then you can use it in a similar way via the Adjustments/Styles menu item.
In my humble opinion the new Styles and Presets tool is a far better and much faster solution. I am a big fan of having plenty of styes and presets to radically speed up the process of editing raw images in CP1. Sliders can slow the process down considerably.
In this screenshot I am quickly trying out the look of various film simulation styles from Alexander Svet’s excellent Capture One Film Styles and Capture One Film Styles Extended collections. I finally chose 012 Kodak Portra 160 as the basis for the colour and tone rendering of this image.
Trying out Alexander Svet’s 006 Fuji Astia 100F v5 Winter film simulation style from his Capture One Film Styles Extended collection. I love shooting in Australia’s low winter sunlight.
For me the most impressive improvement in Capture One Pro 10.1 is its handling of styles and presets. In previous versions, whipping through and previewing the effect of presets and styles on your images was a messy affair with the image covered with dropdown menu items to the point where the image was barely visible. Version 10.1 locates all your styles and presets, built-in, custom and third-party, in its own Styles and Presets tool, neatly arranged to find them more easily without occluding the image upon which you are working.
Picktorial 3.0 by Picktorial Innovations LTD is the latest incarnation of a powerful image editor with an apparently simple, elegant interface, made for macOS. Picktorial contains an impressive array of features and presets, and is currently on offer at an introductory price of USD 39.99, down from its usual price of USD 69.99.
With the vacuum created by Apple abandoning Aperture, the photography image organising and editing software especially popular with professional photographers, publishers and agencies, as well as a certain amount of disgruntlement with Adobe, a number of smaller independent software creators have seen their opportunity and I welcome the choice that has appeared in recent times.
I have installed a trial version of Picktorial 3.0 on my production iMac, but our recent problem with lack of Internet and phone has meant that I am well behind on all my work. I will be putting Picktorial to the test as soon as I can, but in the meantime I can highly recommend Thomas Fitzgerald’s introductory article on it at his website below.
“… The new non-destructive layering system is something that many of you have asked for. You can now stack effects more intuitively and with greater creative control. Layers can be copied and pasted, blended, applied to multiple images, saved as custom presets, and more. There’s no limit to the number of layers you can create, and it’s easy to manage them.
New Presets and Overlays
New vintage platinum presets provide delicate, rich platinum tones that imbue your images with warm blacks and expanded mid-tone grays….
Exposure now supports the following cameras and lenses:
Fujifilm XF 10-24 f4 and XF 35mm f2 lenses
Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 80D cameras
Manual lens correction enables you to adjust lens distortion, select a lens profile, and turn off lens correction….”