About the Guide
In this guide, we will take a look at the various in-camera settings that you can change on a Fuji x-series camera and how these changes will affect your output when shooting JPEGs. We also look at various other tips and tricks for shooting JPEGs as well as discussing some useful techniques for post-processing JPEGs, which can sometimes require a different approach than you would take when working with RAW.
This book does not attempt to teach every aspect of photography or post-processing as it would require volumes of information to cover such a broad topic. Instead, it focuses on the parts of the process that are specific to shooting JPEGs on Fuji cameras, with a little extra information where appropriate. It is also designed as a starting point to find your style and technique. You shouldn’t view the suggestions in this guide as the only way to approach shooting JPEGs with Fuji cameras, but they are the point of view of the author and how he approaches it. The intention is to give you ideas and a grounding in the fundamentals, so you can develop your personal way of working and your individual style.
Some Important Notes About This Guide – Please Read Before Purchasing
There are some important aspects to this guide you should be aware of before purchasing:
- Please Note: 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. I will keep this edition on sale until that time, but there will be no further free updates to this guide.
- This guide is valid for all Fuji X-Trans cameras released up to the latter half of 2019. It does not support the changes introduced with the Fuji X-Pro3, X-100v and X-T4 and later cameras. It is not written for any specific model. This includes X-T3, X-T30, X-H1, X-T2, X100F, X-Pro 2 etc. It has not been tested with GFX series medium format cameras, but advice should work for those too.
- This guide does not contain specific information for the X-Pro 3 and some of the new in-camera operations introduced in that camera, however, the general advice should still be applicable.
- While most of the information is cross-platform, some of the post-processing information deals with Apple’s Photos application and is, therefore, Mac only.
- Please Note: All my guides are self-published and as such, I do not have the luxury of a full editorial staff. While they have been proofread occasionally a few errors do creep in, possibly more than would occur in a book published by a publisher. I do make every effort to avoid this, but due to the nature of self-publishing, this does happen. When found, I do my best to update them as soon as possible in the next release of the ebook.
Chapter 1: Introduction
In this chapter, I discuss why you would want to shoot Jpeg. I outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of shooting Jpeg and I talk about the pros and cons of shooting Jpeg and RAW to separate cards on cameras with dual card slots. The sections in this chapter are:
- Why shoot JPEG?
- How JPEGs work (the super simple version)
- Some advantages of shooting JPEG
- The look is “baked-in.”
- Immediate use with mobile devices
- Tempering Expectations – The Disadvantages of JPEG
- Advantages and disadvantages of shooting Raw and JPEG to separate cards
Chapter 2: Shooting Settings
In this chapter, I look at some of the settings that you can change in-camera on Fuji X-Series cameras, and I talk about how things like shadow tone and highlight tone work. I also discuss noise reduction and sharpening settings, and how to optimise the in-camera jpegs for post-production. The sections in this chapter are:
- Technical settings
- Noise Reduction
- Long exposure noise reduction
- Creative Settings
- Film Simulation Modes
- Classic Chrome
- Pro Neg Hi / Pro Neg Standard
- Customisation Options
- Shadow Tone
- Highlight Tone
- General Recommendations
- Dynamic Range Expansion
- How to Adjust Contrast
- Saving your own “Films”
- Method 1: Save Existing Settings
- Method 2: Create Settings in the menu
- Tip: Visualise the options with X-RAW Studio
Chapter 3: Tips for Shooting
In this chapter, I discuss some various tips to help you get your images as close as possible to what you want them to be in-camera. I also talk about how I have my X-Pro 2 set up for normal use. The sections in this chapter are:
- How I have my X-Pro2 set up
- General settings
- Tripod shooting settings
- The EVF effect
- How To Read a Histogram
- Highlight Clipping Warning
- White Balance
- Setting a White Balance Shift
- Manually setting White Balance with a grey card
- Avoiding Camera Shake and Shutter Shock
- Using the Electronic Shutter
- Focus Tricks
- Self-timer for long exposure shooting
Chapter 4: Shooting Recipes
In this chapter, I present a number of recipes that I use when shooting JPEGs with my Fuji camera to achieve certain looks.
Chapter 5: Post Production Techniques
In this chapter, I look at various techniques for post-processing Fuji jpeg files using various applications. We look at working with Lightroom Classic and CC, Photoshop and Apple Photos. We also discuss Fuji’s own X-Raw Studio, as well as working with the in-camera conversion. The focus is primarily on the technical side of editing (Sharpening etc.), although some creative tips are included too.
- General Processing Techniques
- White Balance and Colour
- Creating a faded “Film” type Look with Curves
- Lightroom Classic
- Working with RAW + JPEG
- Setting the preferences to import both RAW and JPEG files
- Noise reduction
- A note about VSCO film presets.
- Lightroom CC
- Working with Photoshop
- Opening images and maintaining editability
- Sharpening using Camera RAW (And also noise reduction)
- Sharpening using filters
- Unsharp Mask
- High pass sharpening
- Apple Photos
- Managing RAW + JPEG Files in Apple Photos
- Sharpening in Photos
- Understanding the controls
- How best to approach sharpening in Photos
- Basic Colour Correction in Photos
- White Balance Sliders
- Colour Cast
- Levels and Curves
- Extending Photos
- Using extensions
- Using an external application
- In camera conversion
- Using Fujifilm X-RAW Studio
Version 1.2 Updates – May 2019
- Added Reference to Eterna
- Updated One of the Recipes to use Eterna as an alternative
- Clarified some of the language around grain in Acros based on feedback
- Reduced specific mentions of the X-Pro 2 to avoid confusion based on reader feedback.
- Cleaned up text and changed some of the language used throughout
- Removed reference to VSCO presets (as they are discontinued) and changed it to more generic language
- Updated references to version of Lightroom based on their newer titles
- Updated installation instructions for Lightroom Presets
- Updated support links
- Removed outdated links
- Added a link to my YouTube video explaining shadow and Highlight tone options
- Removed reference to X-Raw studio being Mac Only
- New Cover – Chosen by Patreon Supporters
The guide also includes a set of companion files. These include Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions. Includes presets for the Current version of Lightroom, as well as separate presets for older non-subscription versions of Lightroom (from version 5) and with any Current version of Photoshop.
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