04 Dec Fujifilm X RAW Studio | WORKFLOW
Source: Fujifilm Insider
Fujifilm announced the X RAW Studio conversion package a few days ago and surprisingly…not to very much fanfare.
Personally I would have rolled out the announcement in a much different way given the huge issue most professionals have with RAW (Fujifilm RAW File) conversion. The company offers the (Silkypix) RAW File Converter software free of charge to camera purchasers but like the other proprietary applications I’ve used excluding Capture One Pro, the performance and user friendliness leaves a lot to be desired. Any effort by a camera company to improve it’s software should be a BIG deal.
I’m going to rant a little but before I do, let’s back up a little.
When Fujifilm first came on the market with the X100 and X-Pro1 the only choice for most early adoptees was to shoot JPEG. Fortunately for all involved those JPEGs were very good and stood up to additional editing well enough. For those who required their files to be extensively edited later, we were out of luck. That’s the reason I stopped using the X-Pro1 way back, at least until Adobe added support for those RAW files in Lightroom. Think that solved the issue?
Lightroom (CC and variants) is a buggy, poorly designed application which seems to get slower each time it’s updated. I’m definitely not “happy” with it but when compared to others it’s really the best of a bad situation. That meant living with color-smearing and artifacts connected to it’s sharpening algorithm. To Adobe’s credit, they took care of us a fair bit since the early days by adding Fujifilm camera profiles (Film Simulations) and lens correction which does a great deal of the heavy lifting towards achieving a close match to in-camera JPEGS. The smearing issue creeps up every now and then but improved. The achilles heel is still in sharpening. Sharpen too much and “wormy” artifacts develop. Sharpen too little and the image outputs very “muddy”. I’ve banged my head on the computer screen for years figuring out work-arounds. Most of the time I can get about 90% of the way to satisfaction. Fortunately, at WEB sizes only the pixel peepers can see the flaws.
Silkypix is much better…but slow and not at all user friendly. At least though, all of the editing tools available in-camera could be applied to images with a 95% match.
Enter the X RAW STUDIO
I’ve been travelling so I got the roll-out news second hand from a workshop participant who wondered why using a camera to make edits to images is better than a powerful desktop computer. The answer is so simple you have to wonder why other camera companies didn’t think of it sooner…
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