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T-Pan and T-Neg Sample Packs now Available

T-Pan and T-Neg For Capture One Film Like Style Packs

Just a quick note. I have updated my T-Pan and T-Neg product pages on my store to include a downloadable sample pack of the styles. Because it can be hard for people to judge whether the styles are for you or not, I wanted people to be able to try them out in a little way for each pack, and so the samples each contain one “film” for each of the styles (and the associated variations). You will find the sample packs in the description sections of the product pages.

If you haven’t seen these before, T-Pan is my black and white film-like style pack for Capture One, and T-Neg is my Colour Film-like style pack. Both T-Neg and T-Pan are also currently on sale, so if you are looking for some film like Style packs for Capture One, check them out now.

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About my Ebooks and Future Upgrades

Fuji X-Trans Processing Guides

I have a number of eBooks on this store, and every now and then, I do try and provide free updates where appropriate. I have also in the past released paid new or different editions of these books, much like one would for a printed book. In this post, I want to clarify which versions are due an upgrade, which will be getting a new edition, and which books will no longer be upgraded.

Before I get to the individual guides, I just want to quickly outline how I go about the decisions for these. If the software that these guides refer to have been updated with minor changes that require a change to some advice in the guide, then I will release an update. If there are significant changes, then I will release a new edition. If a guide is getting old and I feel that some of the information is out of date, I will also release a new edition. Some of my older guides are no longer being updated as I no longer feel the audience is there for them, or the subject matter hasn’t changed significantly and is no longer something I feel is relevant.

Processing Fuji X-Trans Files with Iridient X-Transformer and Lightroom

Current Version: Guide Version 1.6

This is currently up to date with all relevant information. Future updates to this guide will depend on new versions of the software being released with new or changed features. I don’t force a major change to this that would require a second edition, so for the foreseeable future, this will continue to receive free updates.

Processing Sony A6000 Raw files in Lightroom: Workflow and Settings Guide

This guide has been discontinued and will no longer be updated, but I’m keeping it on sale as a few people still occasionally request it. The price has been reduced to reflect this.

Processing X-Trans Images in Iridient Developer – eBook

This guide has been discontinued and will no longer be updated, but I’m keeping it on sale as a few people still occasionally request it. The price has been reduced to reflect this.

Workflow and Settings For Processing Fuji X-Trans images in Lightroom – eBook Guide

Current Version: Guide Version 1.8

This will receive one more minor update (estimated time frame is May to June 2020) to reflect a recent change in the way Lightroom handles setting defaults. After that, I will be working on the second edition of this guide, which will be a paid update.

Fuji Jpegs: Shooting and Processing Guide – eBook

Current Version: Guide Version 1.2

This is edition will no longer receive free updates, but a second edition will be released at some point in the future. As Fuji has changed a few important functions in their newest cameras, it will require a significant re-write of some of this guide to support these. With that in mind, until I can source one of these cameras, I have no timeframe for an update to this guide, but I would hope to get it done by the end of this year. With the current global situation though, this may take longer.

Processing Fuji Raw files in Capture One 12 or Capture One 20

Current Version 1.1

This is my newest guide and will continue to receive free updates for the foreseeable future. If there are significant changes in a future version of Capture One I may decide to do a new edition, but it is not planned for any time in the near future.

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Fuji Capture One Guide Updated with Support For Capture One 20

Fuji Capture One guide Hero Image

I’ve updated my Fuji Capture One guide to include preliminary support for Capture One 20. If you are a Fuji shooter using Capture One, the new version of my eBook now contains support for both Capture One 12 and Capture One 20.

There are actually only a few things that you need to know regarding version 20 that are different from the previous edition, and so, I’ve added these as options where appropriate. The biggest change regards the new redesigned HDR tool, as this affects the instructions in the guide about matching the shadow and highlight tone options, and the in camera dynamic range. I wanted to keep compatibility with Capture One 12 as well, so if you haven’t updated the software, the guide is still compatible.

In addition to adding preliminary support for Capture One 20, the update also fixes some typos, and adds language to indicate that the advice in the guide book also applies to the non-X-trans cameras, such as Fuji’s medium format GFX series, or the XA series. This brings the version number of the guide to 1.1. Note: The supplied presets have not been changed, so if you have already installed these from a previous version of the guide, you don’t need to re-install.

If you already own the guide, the update is free and is available now from your account. If you’re unsure how to re-download your previous purchases, you can find out how on this support article.

For new users, there will be a small price increase in January, but for now, I’ve put it on sale at the original price. The book covers how to get the best results when using Capture One with Fuji raw files, and covers things like sharpening, noise reduction, setting Fuji film simulation modes and so on. You can find out more about the Fuji Capture One guide on my digital download store.

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Important Note: Discontinuing Some Older Lightroom Presets

At the end of the year, I will be discontinuing some of my older Lightroom Presets. As some of my older presets were designed for much older versions of Lightroom, and as they no longer really sell, I will be discontinuing these at the end of the year. It is part of an effort to clean up some of the older items on my store, and I am planning to have new sets of Lightroom Presets in the new year, which are updated with all the current features of Lightroom.

The Preset Packs being discontinued are:

  • Film Candy 1 & 2
  • Vivid Extreme
  • Steely Blue
  • Landscape Gold
  • Quick LUX 1 & 2
  • Bleached Bronze
  • Coffee Tones

In the meantime, if you have any of these Lightroom Presets, please make sure to either re-download and back up the presets, or make a backup copy from your Lightroom Presets folder.

Why are you doing this?

As Lightroom has evolved considerably since these came out, I’m no longer fully happy with how these work in the current versions of Lightroom, and I believe they are starting o look dated. I also want to unify all of the different versions of presets that I have and these were created using the older format.

Beginning in January, I will be releasing some new and updated presets, with newer looks and designed for the current versions of Lightroom.

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Alpine for Capture One and T-Neg for Capture One Updated with Simplified Installer

I’ve released a minor update to two of my Capture One style packs in order to simplify the installation process. Previously they needed to be manually installed which was a bit of a chore, but now they can be installed simply by double clicking on a file.

Both Alpine for Capture One and T-Neg for Capture One have been updated. SilverLUX has not been updated with this new installer yet, as it is a little more complicated but it should be soon. If you have already bought either of these, and have installed them, you don’t need to re-install, as it only affects the installation process, but if you need to re-download in the future, this should make things a lot easier.

If you haven’t already bought either of these, they’re both on sale now for €12.50 (Local prices may vary depending on your local vat rate)

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An Important Note about Secure Customer Authentication

On the 14th of September a new EU wide directive will come into force regulating online transactions inside the EU. Basically, Secure Customer Authentication, or SCA will require that online transactions will require two factor authentication. This means that any online store has to support this in order to continue to take orders. This store is already set up for this, and it may already be in effect.

So what does this mean?

Basically when you go to check out, at the payment stage, your bank will require an additional layer of authentication in order to authorise the payment. This can be anything from a code the bank texts to you, to authentication through a smartphone app. An example of this that has been in place for sometime is 3d secure.

This takes place between you and your bank and is provided by your credit or debit card provider. The authentication is not actually directly part of this store, but rather comes from your payment provider, and is handled by the payment processors that I use on the site, which are Stripe and PayPal. The stated idea of this is to make payments more secure and reduce fraud.

While I appreciate that many people will be frustrated by an additional layer of interaction when making a purchase, it is completely out of my hands. It is a required law, and is done at the payment processor stage, not by the website. However, to add a wrinkle to this, some payments are exempt and some will be automatically allowed, so the user experience may well be different depending on your bank and the cost of the order. Orders below €30 may be exempt, and in this case you shouldn’t see any difference, but this is up to the payment providers to decide. It’s important to note, that this isn’t just for my store, or similar stores, it’s for any online transaction inside the EU.

The upshot of all this is that if you’re purchasing from this store, you may get an additional pop-up from your bank at the payment stage. Your own bank should have details of this too. If you are outside the EU it is unclear how this will affect you. It is supposed to affect users whenever one end of a transaction is in the EU, however, with PayPal, it’s not clear, as they may consider PayPal one end of the transaction. Critics of this new law are concerned that it will affect online sales in Europe, and I can understand the concern. I am curious to see if it has a majorly negative effect on my sales.

I do apologise for the extra hassle, although, as I said its out of my hands. I regularly get people complaining at even having to enter the standard legally required information, so I assume the same people will be extra frustrated at this. While this is currently an EU thing it should be noted that several other countries outside the EU are considering similar legislation.

For more Information, here is a good article from Visa explaining what SCA is and how it will affect you.

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All of my Fuji Guides have now been updated for 2019

Fuji X-Trans Processing Guides

Over the past few months I’ve been busy bringing all of my current Fuji guides up to date for 2019. This included free updates to three of the guides, and one new edition. The exception is my old Iridient Developer guide, which I will no longer be supporting (more on that below)

Over the course of the time since I first wrote these guides, there have been various changes, and for the most part I’ve provided free updates to those.

My Fuji Lightroom Guide, Fuji Jpeg Guide, and X-Transformer Guide have all received free updates over the past couple of months, I’ve yo’ve purchased any of these before 2019 and missed the update notification, check to see that you have the latest versions.

In addition, I released a new guide for Capture One. The old guide was discontinued some months ago, and the new guide is a rewrite and a significant change. It’s available now, and is currently at version 1.0

Future update plans

As with all things, my plans for future versions of these guides depends on a number of factors, including the development of software etc. For now though, here is a rough guide to what I have in mind:

  • Fuji Lightroom Guide: This will probably no longer get free updates, and a 2nd edition is in the planning stage. I have no time frame for this yet, but hopefully some time this year (2019).
  • Fuji Jpeg Guide: This will continue to receive free updates.
  • X-Transformer Guide: This will depend on future updates to the software itself. I am considering combining this with the Lightroom guide for its second edition.
  • Capture One Guide: As this is only just released, I will continue to provide free updates as long as it makes sense to do so. This will depend on how many changes there are in version 13, but unless there are major changes, I will continue to update it through the 13 release cycle. This may change if version 13 is significantly different, or affects the information in the guide.

Iridient Developer Guide – No longer being updated (for now)

My Iridient Developer guide is no longer being updated. The reason for this is that there has been a significant falloff in interest in this over the past year and also there has been a significant amount of time since the software has been updated. If there is a major 4.0 release of the software, I may reconsider, and do a new version, but if so it will be a second edition and not a free update. I will continue to make the eBook available, and I’ve reduced the price to €3 for the rest of the year at least, and then see what happens in 2020.

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My X-Transformer Guide Updated

I’ve released a minor update to my X-Transformer guide that addresses some of the recent changes in the application. This is a free update to anyone who had previously bought the guide.

The update is relatively minor, and includes a small addition, as well as changing and deleting sections that are no longer relevant. The changes included in this update are as follows:

  • Version number of the guide changed to 1.6 (to correspond to software version number)
  • Added section on the new compression options introduced in v.1.5.
  • Mentioned changes to the default colour profile in v1.6
  • Updated some screenshots
  • Added section on installing presets, and updated it for latest versions of Lightroom.
  • Deleted references to controls no longer in the software
  • Tidied up language in various places.

The bonus presets that come with the guide have not been updated, so if you are downloading the new version, you don’t need to re-download the presets. I have changed the structure of the preset download to make them easier to install on newer versions of Lightroom, but the presets themselves haven’t changed.

To download the update, you need to go to your account on the store, log in, and then go to the “My Orders” section and then the “Downloads” tab. I have complete instructions on the help centre which shows you how to download updates, including a video if you’re having trouble.

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Summer Sale Now On

Sale Now On

To celebrate summer, I’m having a flash sale on selected Lightroom presets and Capture One styles from my digital download store. There’s up to 50% off on some presets, and I’m heavily discounting my older 1st Lightroom preset collection, so you can get it for just €25 (regular price €65). You can see all of the products on sale here on the “on sale” section.

Please note that prices vary slightly depending on your location and the local VAT rate.

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My Fuji Lightroom Guide Updated

I have just released a minor upgrade to my Fuji Lightroom Guide. The book entitled “Workflow and Settings For Processing Fuji X-Trans images in Lightroom” has been updated to take into account some of the more recent changes to Lightroom, including some of the different terminology and so on. It also adds mention of newer 26mp X-Trans cameras. The version number for this is now 1.8. This will probably be the last free upgrade for this guide, as I am now working on a second edition. Here is a list of the specific changes:

  1. Updated information on the release version.
  2. New Cover!
  3. Added note about the addition of “Enhance Details”.
  4. Added details on how to set the colour profile in Lightroom 7.4 or later.
  5. Added details on how to save settings as defaults.
  6. Changed some terminology regarding sharpening guidelines.
  7. Specific mention of 26mp X-Trans cameras.
  8. Added section on Enhanced Details.
  9. Updated information on how to install presets for the newer version of Lightroom.

Please note that the accompanying presets download has been reorganised to make it easier to install on different versions of Lightroom, but there are no new presets. If you have already installed these, you don’t need to re-install them.

This is a free update for anyone who has already purchased the guide. You can download the updated version from your account. See this help centre article for detailed instructions on how to download updates. 

If you are updating, Please make sure to follow the instructions carefully.

As this is my most popular guide, I expect a high level of support requests relating to the update, so if you need to contact support, please expect a delay in getting a response. The most common problems are all covered on my extensive help centre. You can also ask questions or discuss the guide on the Forums in the help centre. This is the best place to ask questions not relating to the download or install of the eBook and presets.

If you haven’t previously purchased this guide and are interested in checking it out, I have put it on sale until the end of the month. You can find out more details here in the store.

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Store News & Updates for 2019

Greetings and welcome to the first update for 2019 of what’s going on on my store! I have a few new and updated products in the works that I wanted to tell you about, and also to give you an opportunity to give me feedback should you wish to.

eBook Updates

I will be updating some of my eBooks over the next little while. I have also taken my Capture One guide out of circulation for the moment, as I am writing a new version. So here’s what’s currently planned:

Capture One Fuji Guide

The original version of this was quite old and with the release of version 12 of Capture One, it was getting too out of date to update. With that in mind, I am working on a completely new guide, specifically for version 12. It will be a complete re-write. It may take a little while, but I hope to have it out in the first half of 2019.

Fuji Lightroom Guide

I will be putting out a minor update to this in the near future. The changes will be relatively minor, and will focus on updating terminology for newer versions of Lightroom. It will also add mentions of newer Fuji cameras such as the X-T3. While the advice and settings for the X-T3 are pretty much the same as older versions, this is causing confusion to some readers, so I will be adding specifics to address that confusion.

This will be a free update, but it will be the final update to this version of the guide. Any future version will be a “second edition” and will be a new book effectively. This is free update is currently scheduled for sometime in February 2019 but this is only an estimated date. It may be delayed.

X-Transformer Guide

There hasn’t been any significant change to the software that warrants re-writing or updating the guide at the moment. I will be examining it to see if there is anything that needs to change in the future, but for now, this will remain at the current version.

Lightroom Presets

I will be tidying up the numerous presets available on my store. I am considering bundling all of the older presets into a single bundle, and the older individual packs will be discontinued. This will apply to the oldest presets that were originally designed for version 4 through 6. I understand that some people are still using this version of the software, but it is not possible to continue to provide support for this, as there is no way to create older presets from the newer versions of Lightroom.

As I am only a small independent photographer, I don’t have the resources to maintain multiple versions of Lightroom. If you had previously downloaded some of these stand alone packs, they will still be available from your account, but they will no longer be available for sale outside of the bundle. I don’t have a set date for this yet, but it will be sometime in the first half of next year.

Capture One Training on YouTube

I have been doing a number of screencasts and tutorials for Capture One on YouTube lately, and these cover the express version as well as preliminary videos on Capture One 12. I am updating these regularly, so check them out if you’re looking for more Capture One information.

What do you want to see?

If there is anything that you want to see, or content that you feel like would make some good training please let me know. Leave a comment on this blog post or comment in the support forums here.

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Capture One Guide Discontinued: New version Coming Soon

With the release of Capture One 12 at the end of November, there have been significant changes to the software, especially for Fuji X-Trans users. With that in mind, I have decided to discontinue selling my old Capture One X-Trans guide. I am however starting work on a new book, which I hope to have out in the next two to three months.

Why not just keep selling the old version?

The original guide was getting quite old. It was originally written for version 8 of Capture One, and then amended with each additional version. It had become something of a hodge-podge of edits and advice built on top of old advice, and it was getting quite confusing. With the release of Version 12 of the software, which has entirely new interface, and adds Fuji film simulation modes, having the old version still available, in my opinion, could confuse new readers. I had put a notice up on the guide that it was being discontinued and reduced the price for the month of December, but now that it’s January, I felt that it’s time to end the sale of it.

Will the new version be free to customers of the old version?

No. I sell these guides very inexpensively, and to cover the cost of writing an entirely new book, I need to charge for it. The old guide was on sale for several years, and the average price has been just €3. The new book will be a completely different guide and re-written from scratch.

When will it be available?

I hope to have the new version available in the first quarter of 2019. I hope to have it even sooner than this, but I don’t want to set unrealistic targets. If you follow my blog, or sign up for the newsletter, you will be notified of new releases.

Where can I learn about the new software in the meantime?

I will continue to cover Capture One on my blog. I will also be providing a work in progress update to the new guide on Patreon for Patreon supporters. Patreon supporters will also get the new guide for free. I also cover Capture One on my YouTube channel.