Friday, February 14, 2014

Resources for developing Fuji raw files in Lightroom

Color Fidelity camera profiles for Fujifilm X-E2

I’m experimenting with some new camera profiles for Lightroom developed by Colin Walker at a firm called Color Fidelity. The basic idea is to provide an alternative to the color rendering produced by the Adobe Standard profile in Lightroom and ACR:

"Color Fidelity camera profiles offer an alternative to the standard camera profiles shipped with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom products. They will improve the color rendering and skin tone rendition of your images, whilst also balancing the individual color channels giving you a more natural image to work with.

After reading a review on the Mirror Lessons blog, I purchased the set of four profiles for my Fujifilm X-E2 and I’ve been playing around with them a bit, comparing them to the Adobe Standard rendering, as well as that produced by a custom profile I made myself (using the X-rite Color Checker Passport and included app). In most, but not all, cases that I was experimenting with, I preferred the Color Fidelity rendition to both Adobe’s and my own custom profile. Color Fidelity profiles are one photo product that is not extravagantly priced, so it was worth it to me to have another set of options for raw conversion in Lightroom. They may not be the best solution for every image, but I’ve already seen enough to believe that for many of the images I process in LR, this will be my preferred color rendering.

A few good LR presets designed for Fujifilm X-Series

Irish photographer Thomas Fitzgerald has developed a small set of LR develop presets that he believes can provide a good starting point for producing sharp images based on raw files from Fujifilm X-series cameras. He offers them as a free download on his blog, which is well worth an occasional visit to see what Thomas has been up to and to learn from the experience he shares with his readers.

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