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Bella, resting, taken with an X-Pro 2 + 56mm 1.2. Processed in Lightroom and Nil Efex

 

 



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Taken with FUJIFILM X-E1

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A great improvement on your previous theatre shoot John. I like that you gone a little further with your processing. However I have to say (and much of this is personal preference but worth suggesting) after the software based HDR they do (like many HDRs) look rather flat. You have some strong theatrical lighting here so why not make use of the available drama.

For this image I quickly tried 2 things. First simply applying a strong S curve enhances contrast and the drama. I also pulled down the left side of the curve to generally darken the image then used Nik silver FX and the preset (I rarely use these) High structure smooth. Give both a try on your images as shown here just to see what you think.

 

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Yup, you're right, I lack consistency in my processing, a lot of which is down to laziness. At the moment I'm continuing with my project of documenting a lot of the local arts scene. So both serious dramas, and bar/bistro gigs by local musicians young and old. I have an old version of Lightroom, which doesn't like the new sensor, at the moment I'm going through a nightmare, with trying new, free, RAW converters. I put a question out on the forum. asking about RAW converters, either free, or paid, and I don't think I got any responses, except Iridient, which is Mac only.

I'm getting spam from ON1, but nobody is recommending them, and the software "pieces" seem really confusing, and unfinished. I can't work out there business model at all.

Now, I'm going to try again with Fuji free RAW converter, but last time I tried, I couldn't find the way to get my RAW file to import, or input, I couldn't get them in there to convert to something I could edit, like a DNG, or a TIFF file, something that would open in Lightroom. I'm pretty poor at basic software skills like that!

The other thing is the temptation to use all those fabulous film simulation, so I've been shooting a lot of Acros with a green filter, and using them virtually sooc, maybe a bit of cropping. It is very quick, and as a lot of the local arts coverage is literally old news in a couple of day.

So that, coupled with always hand holding, and always using available light, is my excuse.

I have got a couple of longer term projects that I'm just going to start. One is men's shaving faces, I've got about 6 guys, so far, who will let me accompany them to the bathroom :-) The other one is doing a piece of mixed media on approx ten, interesting local characters, getting a videod interview (one of those Go-Pro copies), and interspersing it with stills. both of the person, or the places they were talking about etc.

I've now got all the primes, (except th the 18mm), up to 56mm, so the 90, and that's about it for my GAS, I've no desire to go longer than 135mm (in old money), but now I hear rumours of a a proper macro, and, for the end of next, or the beginning of 2018, and F1.0 50mm, and so it goes.

Sorry about this rather rambling response, insomnia, and clear thinking don't go together :-)

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13 hours ago, johnwillyums said:

Yup, you're right, I lack consistency in my processing, a lot of which is down to laziness. At the moment I'm continuing with my project of documenting a lot of the local arts scene. So both serious dramas, and bar/bistro gigs by local musicians young and old. I have an old version of Lightroom, which doesn't like the new sensor, at the moment I'm going through a nightmare, with trying new, free, RAW converters. I put a question out on the forum. asking about RAW converters, either free, or paid, and I don't think I got any responses, except Iridient, which is Mac only.

I'm getting spam from ON1, but nobody is recommending them, and the software "pieces" seem really confusing, and unfinished. I can't work out there business model at all.

Now, I'm going to try again with Fuji free RAW converter, but last time I tried, I couldn't find the way to get my RAW file to import, or input, I couldn't get them in there to convert to something I could edit, like a DNG, or a TIFF file,The Fuji Finepix Viewer software will import your raws but will only show them as icons along with the embedded jpg copy of the same then open "raw converter and open images from the file menu. http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/ Easier still though - Download and instal (free) FastStone image viewer. http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm Under the edit menu find "edit with external program" there you can add the software (say LR) you use for conversion then right click the file and "edit with Lightroom". FastStone also has basic editing but I've never tried it.  Download Nik Filters and attach as plugin to LR. https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

The other thing is the temptation to use all those fabulous film simulation, so I've been shooting a lot of Acros with a green filter, and using them virtually sooc, maybe a bit of cropping. It is very quick, and as a lot of the local arts coverage is literally old news in a couple of day. Acros is good BW film sim but try using the LR version of the sim so you can swap between the Acros RYOG sims.

So that, coupled with always hand holding, and always using available light, is my excuse.

I have got a couple of longer term projects that I'm just going to start. One is men's shaving faces, I've got about 6 guys, so far, who will let me accompany them to the bathroom :-) The other one is doing a piece of mixed media on approx ten, interesting local characters, getting a videod interview (one of those Go-Pro copies), and interspersing it with stills. both of the person, or the places they were talking about etc.

I've now got all the primes, (except th the 18mm), up to 56mm, so the 90, and that's about it for my GAS, I've no desire to go longer than 135mm (in old money), but now I hear rumours of a a proper macro, and, for the end of next, or the beginning of 2018, and F1.0 50mm, and so it goes.

Sorry about this rather rambling response, insomnia, and clear thinking don't go together :-)

 

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Thanks very much veejaycee, that's great. I've just seen this, and I'm on my way out, so I'll have a better look, and think, about it later.

It sounds like it should, I'm thinking some of my attempts to perform small tweaks on jpg's are resulting in darkening in areas, and waxy skin tones, it's not as good as the original

Gotta dash, cheers, Vic :-)

ps, can I go direct from Fastone Viewer to Fuji RAW converter?

 

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Yes, just add it to the programs list under edit with external program. FastStone viewer is really good browser.

You could of course, try converting raws in-camera.

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Yes, I thought about that. I imagine it would not be as "editable" in camera. 

I'll have a look at that, I'll get the FastStone viewer immediately. I've got a shoot either during the week, or at the weekend, so I'll shoot fine and RAW

I probably won't wait that long, I'll do some street stuff asap :-)

Thanks very much, for your excellent input, I suppose it's a pity this wasn't a thread on the forum, it might help others like me.

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