Fuji XE-1 post processing

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Birse Boy Regular Member • Posts: 328
Re: Capture 1

thanks for the reply Al..useful tips.

I've been doing this photography lark for donkeys years ( film and now digital ) but have done very little processing of digital files, something I need to start doing to get the best out of my photos, I will try your approach, cheers.

ChicagoRob
ChicagoRob Regular Member • Posts: 200
Re: Capture 1

Al Valentino wrote:

In other words, sharpening is always my last step after resized. If you do your serious sharpening on a large version and then resize it is not as good Since you have added contrast to edges that then get modified. That is how I have been doing this for many years, sharpen last, remove noise first.

This is the correct methodology. There can be huge differences for radius/amount settings, depending on whether the file is for print or web use. I tend to apply all of my sharpening after conversion, since the choices are much more diversified, whether it be standard unsharp mask, high-pass sharpening(my favorite), luminosity sharpening, etc. These are great tools, especially when combined with layer-masking.

Rob

Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,725
Re: Capture 1

ChicagoRob wrote:

Al Valentino wrote:

In other words, sharpening is always my last step after resized. If you do your serious sharpening on a large version and then resize it is not as good Since you have added contrast to edges that then get modified. That is how I have been doing this for many years, sharpen last, remove noise first.

This is the correct methodology. There can be huge differences for radius/amount settings, depending on whether the file is for print or web use. I tend to apply all of my sharpening after conversion, since the choices are much more diversified, whether it be standard unsharp mask, high-pass sharpening(my favorite), luminosity sharpening, etc. These are great tools, especially when combined with layer-masking.

Rob

Layer masking!!! Yes! I often sharpen on a duplicate layer and then mask As needed. No point adding sharpening or contrast or even noise to an area that is best left smooth, like background of subject. Flowers captured with a macro lens is a good example of needing only selective sharpening.

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ballwin12 Regular Member • Posts: 301
Can LR5 work with XE 1?

Can anyone tell me LR5 will work with Fuji X files? I have XE1 and I can get the student version.

Between LR5 and Aperture, which one is more user interface friendly?

Thanks a lot!

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57LowRider Senior Member • Posts: 3,781
Re: Capture 1

Good thinking. I'm a total noob really, so tips like these are of great value thanks Al.

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WBartonM Junior Member • Posts: 28
Re: Can LR5 work with XE 1?

ballwin12 wrote:

Can anyone tell me LR5 will work with Fuji X files? I have XE1 and I can get the student version.

Between LR5 and Aperture, which one is more user interface friendly?

Thanks a lot!

I use LR5 with my X-pro1. LR5 will work with the Fuji files. Many members here at DPR will tell you that Lightroom is not the strongest processor for Fuji. However, I use Lightroom and like it for its organization and interface, and am satisfied with the results I'm getting. I haven't used Aperture, or any of the other developers, for that matter, so I cannot compare LR to others.

albfoto55 OP New Member • Posts: 7
Re: Can LR5 work with XE 1?

Can I use LR5 and then export to CS4?

michaeel New Member • Posts: 7
DxO Optics Pro

for you DxO Optics Pro is a good post processing program?

did any of you ever tried tris program?

Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,725
Re: Can LR5 work with XE 1?

Can I use LR5 and then export to CS4?

Yes

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Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,725
Re: DxO Optics Pro

for you DxO Optics Pro is a good post processing program?

did any of you ever tried tris program?

Does not work on fuji files at this time

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flbrit Veteran Member • Posts: 3,666
C1 Question

Hey Al

Does C1 have an export to CS feature as well?

Brian

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michaeel New Member • Posts: 7
Re: DxO Optics Pro

I didn't know that dont worked with fuji files

Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,725
Re: C1 Question

flbrit wrote:

Hey Al

Does C1 have an export to CS feature as well?

Brian

Yes. I can work on the raw then export a tiff, jpeg, same or resized to photoshop. It will also export the file to a folder and open the same file in photoshop. that is how I have been doing as I hae not taken the time to learn to cataloque system. So i have been drgging a file, usually from phooshop bridge, on my mac, to C1, then after a few adjustment export the file back to the folder and open in photoshop in one step. I work as needed in photoshop then save file.... So i have only been using it for raw conversions thus far.

Funny how when I look at the images in Bridge, the thumbnails show the embedded jpeg. The moment I click on the image it renders in Bridge with ACR defaults - which often make it look worse. Then I open the raw in C1 to see it render with the deaults, then smile again. Seems my goal in ACR was to get it to look as good as the fuji jpegs, and with C1 it is easy to exceed that standard with little effort.

Like all these, they have a free 30 day trial, no watermarks, the real deal.

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Keit ll Senior Member • Posts: 3,725
Re: Capture 1

I would be interested to know precisely what people find awkward or unacceptable with Silkypix ?  I am not questioning the validity of this judgement as I last used SP several years ago but don't all converters require a learning curve before they become second nature ?

I tend to use a secondary processing program to backup any RAW converter but I know that some prefer to do all their editing in the one converter.

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Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,725
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Keit ll wrote:

I would be interested to know precisely what people find awkward or unacceptable with Silkypix ? I am not questioning the validity of this judgement as I last used SP several years ago but don't all converters require a learning curve before they become second nature ?

I tend to use a secondary processing program to backup any RAW converter but I know that some prefer to do all their editing in the one converter.

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Keith C

only played with it a little long ago. Great conversion but the awkward aspect is basically about the controls being different with names that are a bit ocunter intuitive. Sort of like going from america to the UK, or vice versa, and having to drive on the other side of the road. Nothing wrong with either but a bit disorienting at first.

the only real tangible drawback to Silkypix is, I think, that it is not as goog as adobe or C1 in terms of pulling back extremely over or under exposed images, so DR is a bit less, which can be a problem working on some photos. However, i am not 100% sure and someone else can address this better.

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Birse Boy Regular Member • Posts: 328
Re: Capture 1

Same here. To me it ( Silkypix ) actually feels quite quick and simple to use, but then my judgement is not clouded by extensive use of any other system. I certainly struggle to see why it gets so much "stick".

Ross Kennedy Regular Member • Posts: 300
Re: Can LR5 work with XE 1?

ballwin12 wrote:

Can anyone tell me LR5 will work with Fuji X files? I have XE1 and I can get the student version.

Between LR5 and Aperture, which one is more user interface friendly?

Thanks a lot!

Yes - LR4 and onwards will do the x-trans files.

Both LR and Aperture have very good, user-friendly interfaces. I have been using LR for a long time but have recently moved to a "dual workflow" with Aperture (while I figure out if I want to switch) and it doesn't take long to find your way around. Also there are tons of tutorials on the web for both options.

ballwin12 Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: Can LR5 work with XE 1?

Ross Kennedy wrote:

ballwin12 wrote:

Can anyone tell me LR5 will work with Fuji X files? I have XE1 and I can get the student version.

Between LR5 and Aperture, which one is more user interface friendly?

Thanks a lot!

Yes - LR4 and onwards will do the x-trans files.

Both LR and Aperture have very good, user-friendly interfaces. I have been using LR for a long time but have recently moved to a "dual workflow" with Aperture (while I figure out if I want to switch) and it doesn't take long to find your way around. Also there are tons of tutorials on the web for both options.

Hi Ross, thank you a lot for your input !

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ballwin12 Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: Can LR5 work with XE 1?

WBartonM wrote:

ballwin12 wrote:

Can anyone tell me LR5 will work with Fuji X files? I have XE1 and I can get the student version.

Between LR5 and Aperture, which one is more user interface friendly?

Thanks a lot!

I use LR5 with my X-pro1. LR5 will work with the Fuji files. Many members here at DPR will tell you that Lightroom is not the strongest processor for Fuji. However, I use Lightroom and like it for its organization and interface, and am satisfied with the results I'm getting. I haven't used Aperture, or any of the other developers, for that matter, so I cannot compare LR to others.

Thank you a lot, WBartonM.

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dasjx49 Forum Member • Posts: 52
Re: Capture 1

Al Valentino wrote:

Keit ll wrote:

I would be interested to know precisely what people find awkward or unacceptable with Silkypix ? I am not questioning the validity of this judgement as I last used SP several years ago but don't all converters require a learning curve before they become second nature ?

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Keith C

only played with it a little long ago. Great conversion but the awkward aspect is basically about the controls being different with names that are a bit ocunter intuitive. Sort of like going from america to the UK, or vice versa, and having to drive on the other side of the road. Nothing wrong with either but a bit disorienting at first.

the only real tangible drawback to Silkypix is, I think, that it is not as goog as adobe or C1 in terms of pulling back extremely over or under exposed images, so DR is a bit less, which can be a problem working on some photos. However, i am not 100% sure and someone else can address this better.

I don't have a great deal of time invested in working with Silkypix and C1 at this point, being somewhat of a beginner, but found it much easier to navigate within Silkypix after reviewing the tutorial set up by another member at http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51741953 .  It's not necessarily more difficult -  just different.

I have to agree with Al about Silkypix pulling back highlights.  Working from the same RAF file, Silkypix just couldn't deal with the highlights as well as C1 could.  The color adjustment capability in Silkypix was nicely effective and easy to use, though.

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