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.
One of my pictures was published on Fujifilm Magazine
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-Photographyit’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. )
Sound Set-up:( remember to be invisible…and silent! )
These are my Lightroom‘s settings for Fujifilm X100Twhen I import RAWpictures. These are a not definitive settings, but a start pointto 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.
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 picturesand I have to choose and send themto 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 qualityof 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 JPEGpicture 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).