Category Archives: RAW

After my drone in the air…return to the earth: under the sky of East Berlin.

In my last posts I paid attention to my drone…I want to “come down” the earth..and to Street-photography: around the city of East-Berlin. I tried to look for the ancient atmospheres, old colors of the city before the Fall of the Berlin Wall. I used my Fujifilm X100…a very good camera for Street Photography. Lightroom for editing.

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One of my pictures was published on Fujifilm Magazine

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After Lightroom my X100T camera settings (for street-photography)

Shooting Menu

Instant AF Setting -> AF-S : because AF-S it’s better than AF-C, and this is true for all the cameras.

AF Illuminator -> OFF : in Street-Photography it’s important to be invisible!

ISO Setting:  ISO it’s important like Aperture&Shutter. I use the camera in Program Mode and using the following ISO setting I’m sure to have a correct/good exposure every time (almost!), in any case it’s fast to change the exposure ( with the X100T).

  • Default Sensitivity -> 200
  • Max.Sensitivity -> 6400
  • Min. Shutter Speed -> 1/125

Image Quality -> Fine + RAW : I have a ready&usable JPEG (see below) and a RAW file for Lightroom or Photoshop.

Film Simulation -> Classic Chrome : I like this Chrome very,very much!!

Color -> +1 : I like satured colors but not too much, +1 it’s good.

Sharpness -> +1 : it’s better to have a good sharpness.

Photometry -> Multi ( Spot: if I have time to decide exposition. )

SET-UP Menu

Sound Set-up: ( remember to be invisible…and silent! )

  • Operation Vol-> OFF
  • Shutter Volume -> Minimum

Color Space -> Adobe RGB

 

Lightroom Settings for Fujifilm X100T RAW pictures

These are my Lightroom‘s settings for Fujifilm X100T when I import RAW pictures. These are a not definitive settings, but a start point to continue (eventually) the editing. It’s an error to apply the same settings to all the pictures, because all the pictures are different: but we can start with a good base…and then continue to edit.

Some years ago, when I developed and I printed by myself my analogic black&white films, my  trick to have a good-basic development was to begin and to end the camera roll during the day: in order to have the same lighting conditions. So it was easier to print pictures (and develop too): the starting exposure was (more or less) the same for all of them. Of course I had to “edit”, to customize the prints locally, but the starting point was very important to avoid a test print for each single picture. We can do the same in the digital editing with standard setting. On the X100T I set the “Classic Chrome” profile.

 

 

The fundamental question of (digital) life

JPEG or RAW ? How many times I heard this question!! Who is the winner? And the Oscar goes to ….  the answer is: it depends! There is not a winner. Both of them have pro and cons… I don’t want to publish a bare standard table with pro&cons but I want to speak about real-life samples. Generally speaking RAW has a lot of pro…but..

I.e. I’m a professional sport photographer and during a race I shot hundreds of pictures and I have to choose and send them to a newspaper as soon as possible. So I have not time to convert/edit them from RAW to JPEG (remember that a RAW file is very-very large )…so I use JPEG but I set my camera to give me a good JPG: i.e.  adjust contrast/saturation/white balance/size. Some year ago I attended to a workshop held by Ivo Saglietti  and he said us to use only JPEG: the reason was that we have to concentrate only on the composition of the image and not on the editing.  Here my reportage in JPEG.

On the opposite I have time to edit the RAW…so I want to work in photoshop with the most quality of my pictures. Here the advantage of RAW is that I can edit/correct the file without big reduction in quality. Remember that everytime you save a JPEG file the software , that you used for editing, reduces it!  Yes! It’s the definition of a JPEG file: a compressed file with loss of quality ( also a ZIP file is a compressed file…but the compression is lossles: we can restore the original file). In the case you are using a JPEG file, my suggestion is to to save it in the default format of the software you are using: i.e PSD for Photoshop. So the next time you edit and save it, you will not have quality reduction.

This is not an advertising! I have a Sony RX100M3 and if I want a good JPEG picture I can set  on of  the Default Scene ( i.e. Sport,Landscape,Sunset …. ) or the Superior / Intelligent Auto mode. In my next post I’ll show some pictures in those settings ( versus and edited RAW).