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:
- 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.
- There are a small number of references to in-camera menus in this guide. Rather than try to cover every conceivable possible location, I have based the instructions on third-generation Fuji menu layout – specifically on the X-Pro2. These should be broadly similar on any of the current generation of cameras. Because there are differences between the menu layout in many of Fuji’s cameras, some of the menu locations referred to in this guide may be in a different place on some cameras. There are, however, only a small number of specific menu items mentioned.
- 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.
- This guide has not been tested with the recently released X-T3. I’m not aware of significant changes to the operation of this camera, but it has not been tested as of the time of writing this.
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
The guide also includes a set of companion files. These include Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions. These were created for version CC2018 of both applications, but should work with earlier versions of Lightroom from version 5 and with any CC version of Photoshop.
Note – Lightroom 7.3 has changed some things with regards to presets. The presets included with this book are compatible, but you will need to install them differently. See this technical support note for more information. (An updated version will be released soon)
I generally put out updates to fix any typos or mistakes that were missed during proofreading, but between updates, in order to see any possible mistakes, I have created a special page on my “books” website where any errors that made it through will be posted along with corrections. This page will also be updated with bonus content and so on.
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