LR Alternatives for Fuji

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JNR Veteran Member • Posts: 4,588
Re: darktable isn't a rocket science either

5teveO wrote:

FujiShooterCY wrote:

You can start with some basic sample workflow, shared by knowledgeable person, take it as a good example preset as a basic starting point , customize it to taste a bit with just one of your images, and when done Ok, store your personal preset style, made as a full snapshot of your example image's history stack.

Then you may apply your style to all images selected earlier from a given set for further processing, apply your style to the selected group, and scan the group for cropping, correcting the horizon, retouching and further minor corrections.

Than export selected images and you are done. Pretty straightforward, actually.

Yes you are correct - but it can get a lot more complex if you need it too. I'm not advanced in my image editing, so one of my prerequisites for this new camera / brand is that I like to start as the JPG looks SOOC this gives me my baseline. So LR imports look the same - C1 look the same on1 have a slight yellow cast on skin and Darktable was a mile out to start with, which I know is because of minimal processing to the raw file to get it to a neutral state. I'm learning how the presets work, but I also have a fuji import script that applies the settings in the raw file (simulation etc) and applies them from presets / luts etc, to give a close to SOOC. Its not quite there yet but its easy enough to get something looking ok. Its my skill (and impatience) that is the limiting factor.. certainly not the software!


Now you're getting into the realm of why I stick with C1, and find it an overall timesaver. C1 and Silkypix (very limited OEM software) are the only software to have a formal relationship with Fujifilm - and the resulting film sims are exactly specified as the starting point. The others backward engineer - and the results are highly variable - often not all that close. You end up saving a lot of processing time, especially as you get more familiar with the selected raw converter. In fact, by most accounts when set up properly, C1 is found to be especially quick for processing and very stable. It probably only seemed slow to you because you were throwing a huge vacation dump on it all at once.

If you aren't upgrading your bodies every year or two, I think the perpetual license is still a good deal. I tend to skip every other version - in fact I'm now in the process of upgrading from v. 20 to 22 - and waited until Capture One offered a deep discount for upgrading (they seem to do this roughly once a year) - 50% off.

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