JPEG, Aperture, and Lightroom

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JPEG, Aperture, and Lightroom
3 months ago

There's been some lively discussion recently about the merits of Lightroom for Fuji RAW conversion. Since I shoot JPEG+RAW, and have recently switched from Aperture to Lightroom, I thought I'd post a set of sample images for people to compare for themselves. Normally I would adjust a few things beyond these default conversions but I wanted to show what you get with basically no effort to use as a starting point.

Personally, my favourite of the bunch is the Lightroom RAW conversion with the Provia profile applied. Aperture does a bad job here, as the coat and inside of the hat are actually pink and not red, and the skin tone is not pleasant. I could not get the colours I wanted out of Aperture at all. Aperture generally has a pretty good reputation around these parts, while Lightroom gets criticized often, but I think Lightroom does a commendable job, especially with the latest release.

As usual, use whatever tool works best for you!

OOC JPEG, Provia, Shadows -1, Highlights -1

Aperture default RAW conversion

Lightroom default RAW conversion

Lightroom default RAW conversion with Provia profile

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