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My Fuji Jpeg Guide Updated

Cover of Fuji Jpeg - Shooting and Processing Guide

I’ve just released an updated version of my Fuji Jpeg book. This is a relatively minor update, and is focussed on fixing the language in some places, as well as updating the references mentioned in it to reflect things that have changed since the guide was first written, such as the arrival of newer Fuji cameras, changes to Lightroom etc. the new version number is 1.2, and you can find a complete list of changes below.

This updated version is free to any customer who had bought the previous version of this guide, or the X-Trans Lightroom Bundle which also contained this guide. You can find it in the downloads section under “my account” on the store. If you need help, I have a support document here explaining how to get updates.

One of the biggest changes in this release is based on feedback from a few readers. In the original version of this I had used my X-Pro 2 as an example of how I shoot. While I had tried to make sure that it was clear that this was just an example, some readers felt that it was too much like an “X-Pro2 Guide” rather than a generic Jpeg guide. In order to avoid such confusion in the future, I have significantly reduced the number of references to any specific camera and changed the language to make it more generic.

Also, a big thanks to my Patreon supporters who helped me decide which cover to use.

Changes in Version 1.2

  • 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  • Removed outdated links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

Important information for those updating:

If you don’t see the updated version in your account please make sure you had bought the previous version before contacting support. This is only free to those who had bought the previous edition of this book.

As I have several Fuji guides, there can be some confusion when I issue updates, as people may not be aware as to which guide they had previously bought. This guide is entitled “Fuji Jpegs: Shooting and Processing Guide”. If you don’t see it in your previous orders, then you may have bought a different book instead. If you have bought the Fuji X-Trans Lightroom Bundle, you will also get this updated guide.

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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.

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An important Note About Preset Visibility in Lightroom 8.1

For the past few versions of Lightroom, Adobe has continued to refine the way Presets work in the develop module. In 8.1, there is yet another change, which may affect the way some of my Presets show up or work in Lightroom. Don’t worry though, most presets still work fine. 

Let me explain…

What’s the issue?

In version 8.1 Adobe added an option to highlight presets they list as “Partially Compatible”. If a preset is showing up in the preset panel in italics and greyed out, it’s because the software considers it only partially compatible with the image. There can be a few different reasons for Presets to be labelled as partially compatible, but the main one is due to the colour profile used when the preset was created. 

As you probably know, Adobe has supplied colour profiles to match the camera picture modes for most cameras, since the earliest versions of Lightroom. However, some cameras have different modes, and picture profiles might be labelled differently. For example, the “standard” picture profile on a Canon camera is called “Standard” but on a Fuji camera, there is no profile labelled “standard” and the equivalent mode is “Provia”. Furthermore, a Jpeg file will have no picture modes at all and just uses the embedded colour profile. Because the colour profile can be included as part of a preset, if you apply one of those presets to an image that doesn’t have a corresponding colour profile, Lightroom now flags this as “partially compatible”.

In older versions of Lightroom, if the preset was applied to an image without a corresponding profile, Lightroom would just ignore it and apply the Adobe Standard” profile. However, now they have chosen to label these presets is only partially compatible. While this is useful for letting users know that there may be some incompatibilities, it is perhaps a bit confusing, as it leads users to think that there is something wrong with the presets, when there isn’t.

How it affects my presets

Some of my presets have a Picture Profile included in the preset information. In the past, this was ok because even if the image didn’t have a corresponding colour profile available, it would revert to the default, and there was no need for the user to be aware because it wasn’t an issue. Now, however, they are flagged, and this may become a source of confusion for users.

So what do you need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. The presets still work fine, and still revert to using the standard profile, as intended. You will just see them in italics in the preset browser. 

I’m not seeing the presets at all?

If you’re not seeing the presets at all, it’s because of the option to show partially compatible presets has been unchecked. To fix this, go to the preferences window, and go to the presets tab, and make sure the following option is ticked:

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How to use presets on Lightroom Mobile

Adobe recently introduced a new feature for the mobile version of Lightroom CC that people had been requesting for a long time, and that is the ability to use presets. What’s more, they also added preset syncing between the desktop and mobile versions of Lightroom CC. You can now use all of your Lightroom presets, and profiles on your mobile device and the process is fairly simple. You will, however, need to use Lightroom CC on the desktop. You will also need a creative cloud subscription.

If you’re not currently using the desktop version of Lightroom CC (not to be confused with Lightroom Classic) you will need to install it. Even if you don’t intend to use it, you still need to have it installed in order to sync presets to the mobile version. Once you have it installed and setup you’re ready to go. 

Installing presets in Lightroom CC

The first step is to install your presets into Lightroom CC. This requires a different process than Lightroom Classic, but it’s actually a little easier. Here’s what to do:

  1. Open Lightroom CC
  2. Go to the Edit Mode (Press E on your keyboard)
  3. Click on the Presets button at the bottom of the interface.
  4. At the top of the presets panel that appears click on the … menu button, and from the menu choose import presets.
  5. From the open and save dialogue, select the folder of presets that you want to import, and click on “Import”
  6. This will import your presets into Lightroom CC on the desktop. they will now sync over the cloud to your other versions (providing you have an internet connection, obviously)

Applying presets in Lightroom Mobile

Once you have the presets installed, you can now use them on the mobile version of Lightroom, providing you have the latest version and an active subscription. The process is pretty simple but here’s what to do:

  1. On your iPhone, iPad or Android device open Lightroom
  2. Select an image to work on by tapping on it.
  3. Tap on the presets button. This is the second button down on the interface and it looks like two circles intersecting.
  4. if you don’t see your presets immediately, it may take a few moments for them to sync
  5. Simply tap on the preset to preview it.
  6. Tap on the Done button at the bottom of the interface to apply the preset.

Applying a preset to multiple images (a workaround)

Unfortunately there currently is no way to apply a preset to multiple images as there is in Lightroom Classic. There’s also no “apply on import” option or the ability to set defaults. If you want to apply a preset to multiple images you will need to apply it to one and then copy and paste it to others. Alternatively, you can use the previous button. 

To Copy and paste settings, here’s what to do.

  1. Select an image and apply your preset as per the instructions above.
  2. Tap on the … menu at the top of the screen
  3. Select “Copy Settings from the menu”
  4. Select the options that you want to copy. 
  5. Move to another image
  6. Tap on the … menu again
  7. Choose paste settings

To use the “Previous” button. Note the Previous button is the last button on the top right set of controls.

  1. Select an image and apply a preset
  2. Move to another image.
  3. You may need to wait a moment before the previous button becomes available. Once it is no longer greyed out.
  4. Tap on the previous button
  5. Select “Adjustments” to apply just the things that were changed, or All to apply every setting.

That’s all there is to it. I recommend the copy and paste option as this stores the settings in the clipboard, and it doesn’t matter if you make changes to an image, or if you interrupt the process of switching to a new image and applying previous settings.

Don’t forget to check out the latest presets for Lightroom that I have available here on the store!

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New Creative Profiles Pack for Lightroom and Photoshop

I’m happy to announce that my newest product is now available. It is a set of creative profiles for use with Lightroom (version 7.3 or later) and Photoshop Camera RAW. “Creative Profile Pack One” is a set of 45 creative profiles for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Creative Profiles were introduced in Lightroom 7.3 and are a one-click way to apply a look to your image. Unlike a preset which adjusts the sliders in Lightroom, Creative Profiles behave more like an overall effect, and with a single button, apply all the adjustments. They have the additional advantage of allowing you to adjust the amount of the effect with a single slider. Creative profiles can also equally be applied to both Jpeg and RAW files.

The profiles in this pack are decided into three collections: Film Lux Profiles, TF-Colour and TF-Mono. Some of these are derived from my popular Lightroom presets but have been specially modified and enhanced so that they work better as Profiles.

CP1-Box.jpgFilm Lux Profiles are loosely based on my “Film Lux” presets, and provide an analogue film feel. TF-Colour contains a number of colour effects, including Vivid effects, and Warming and Cooling effects. They contain some looks inspired by my popular Landscape Gold and Bleached Bronze presets. TF-Mono contains a number of black and white profiles.

Creative Pack One is on sale now for €15 but for the rest of the month, it’s on sale for just €12 (until the 31st July). There are full details and some downloadable sample profiles for you to try on the product page.

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Introducing Alpine for Capture One

A few weeks ago when I launched Alpine for Lightroom, a few people wrote to me asking for a Capture One version. After some work and experimentation, I’m happy to announce that I now have a version of Alpine for Capture One. It’s not exactly the same as the Lightroom version due to the differences in how the software works, but it’s broadly similar. 

So what is Alpine? In a nutshell, Alpine for Capture One is a set of “Styles” that is designed to give your RAW images a stylised look. The idea for Alpine was to work with images of forests and mountains, to give the “woodsman” style of effect that is popular certain outdoor magazines. The styles generally work by enhancing the greens and browns in an image and are best suited to photos which contain a lot of these tones. Alpine is also designed to work best with lower contrast images, typically shot on misty or overcast days, although there are also some styles that will be better on sunnier, high contrast images too.

Porting these from Lightroom to Capture One was initially a little more difficult than I was expecting. The reason for this is that some adjustments, while they might have the same names, and broadly do the same thing, actually behave quite differently in different software. The other problem I have is that the starting point for different cameras in Capture One is much more variable than it is in Lightroom.

After a considerable amount of trial and error and tweaking various settings I managed to come up with a set that I was happy with, and captures the essence of the original idea behind Alpine. The Capture One version actually includes a few additional looks that weren’t in the originalLightroom version too, and overall, I think it’s a good package. While it is designed for a fairly narrow set of subjects, the styles should give you a pretty good starting point. 

Alpine for Capture One is available now. the regular price is €10 but for the first two weeks, it will be on sale for just €8 (until July 8th). To learn more about Alpine for Capture One, and to see some samples of the product in action, check out the product pages. This is my second set of Capture One presets, with the first being “Silver Lux”. 

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Alpine for Lightroom & Photoshop now Available

I’m pleased to announce that my latest set of Lightroom presets are now finally available. I had previewed these a while ago, with the intention of releasing them shortly thereafter, but then Adobe went and changed the preset format, so I had to delay the launch until I made sure everything was working ok. The advantage of the delay is that the set is now compatible with both Photoshop and Lightroom, and I’ve also included 5 creative profiles too. So without further ado, introducing Alpine for Lightroom and Photoshop.

The idea behind Alpine was to create a set of presets for creatively colouring images of forests and mountains. I wanted to go for the “Woodsman” style look, which is popular in some outdoors magazines. that was the start of the process, and it kind of took on a life of its own from there. There are 19 presets in total, although some are “light” and “dark” variations of the same style.

There are also 5 creative profiles for use with the new profile browser. Interestingly, I’ve achieved some quite interesting looks by combining the presets and the profiles, so that’s something to check out also. You can find out more and see some examples over on the product page, and I’ve also embedded the video demo I had made previously there too.

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An Update on Lightroom Presets in Version 7.3 and Later

Ever since Adobe updated Lightroom earlier this month and changed the way presets are stored, there has been a lot of confusion around the new system, and I myself have been caught out by this too. In fact, I was so confused by the changes, I mistook one aspect of the new format entirely, and ended up putting out some incorrect information. Luckily a reader set me straight, and so here is the semi-definitive guide to the new preset format.

First of all, if you have upgraded to 7.3, you may want to get the latest point update (released yesterday at the time of writing this) as it fixes some of the bugs that were introduced with 7.3. These were mostly to do with the sorting of presets, but there were a few other bugs too, and this point update is supposed to address those.

Note, if you have any of my presets, and they were installed before you upgraded, then you don’t need to do anything. This information is primarily intended for those who may need to re-install presets at a later date, or are installing them after upgrading to Lightroom 7.3

The new format

In a nutshell, Adobe changed the format that Lightroom presets used from the old .lrtemplate format, which used their own data structure (I think) to a standard .xmp file format. This new format is also shared with Photoshop and Camera Raw, and in fact presets are now shared between the two.

New .xmp presets go into a different location than the old presets, and this new “settings” folder is the same location as you use to store presets for Camera Raw now too. As I said, presets are now shared between Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. The new format also supports some additional things that the old format didn’t. You can now add copyright information for example. The new “creative profiles” that were also announced as part of Lightroom 7.3, also use the same .xmp format and the files go in the same place. In fact, they are a variation of the new preset format. The new files can also have sorting information built into the preset, rather than be based on the folder structure where they’re stored, which I suspect may have been part of the problems with upgrading.

Upgrading & compatibility

It is the process of upgrading older presets that tripped me up at first. I had read from a reliable source that Lightroom only upgraded legacy presets once, at the time of upgrading to 7.3. However, it turns out that this is not the case at all. If you install new legacy .lrtemplate presets, Lightroom will detect the new presets and upgrade these the next time you launch Lightroom. This means that older presets remain compatible, at least for now.

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So, if you want to install legacy .lrtemplate presets, you can do so, just as you used to. You install them into the original preset destination, and then when you relaunch Lightroom, it will run through the upgrade process again.

I had kind of panicked when this release came out as I thought all my presets would be incompatible, but it turns out I was worrying over nothing. They should all still work as before, with the only difference being the upgrading step which happens automatically.

Mixing new and old presets

If you are installing both new and old presets, then you need to make sure that you put them into the right location. So here is a handy diagram to help you make sure you put the right ones in the right place.

The root folder location for this diagram (below) is different on windows and macOS. The simplest way to get to this is to open Lightroom, then go to preferences -> presets and click on the show presets button. This will open the Lightroom folder. You need to go up one level in the hierarchy to get to the root Adobe folder. Or you can go to the location directly in either the finder or windows explorer.

Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/ PC: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\

To go to a specific folder on a Mac, from the Finder menu choose Go > Go To Folder…

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Major changes to Lightroom in 7.3 – Some important Notes about my Products

Adobe has just released a major new version of Lightroom that includes some significant changes. The biggest and most notable one is the inclusion of new Raw and “Creative” profiles. However, there are also some major changes under the hood. Specifically, they have changed the file format that presets use. If you have any of my guides or presets, you may be wondering what happens.

If you are upgrading and already have presets installed, Lightroom will upgrade the presets for you when you first launch Lightroom 7.3. However, this only happens once. So if you have my presets installed before the upgrade, they should be upgraded without any problems.

However if you try to install my presets after the upgrade using the old instructions, nothing will happen, and they won’t appear. This is because they will need to be upgraded, or newer versions will need to be installed.

I will endeavour to release upgraded versions as soon as physically possible. In the meantime here is, however, a temporary workaround. If you choose to import presets from the + menu at top of the presets panel in Lightroom Classic and select the presets, they will be upgraded as you import. This may take a few minutes. The downside to this is that you can’t select a folder, and they will go to your User Presets folder inside the develop module.

I have been blindsided by this, as Adobe only told a select few developers in advance of today’s release. I’m sure this will cause confusion, so I apologise to anyone who is having difficulty. I will endeavour to upgrade everything as soon as possible, but as I have a lot, I need to take the time to make sure it gets done properly.

I’ll have another post on my main blog shortly about some of the other changes in Lightroom, and what it means, so stay tuned.

See this help centre article for a step by step guide for installing older presets.

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Presets in Action: Snow Images with Industrial Iron

I had originally created my Industrial Iron set of Lightroom presets primarily to be used on the urban decay genre of photograph. I had gone for certain tones that I felt would enhance the industrial and mechanical look, while giving a kind of harsh and bleak tonality to images. But the presets work well in other circumstances too.

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We recently had some heavy snow where I live, and I went out to take some photographs in my area while I could. When processing the images, I was trying to give them a stylised look, and quite by accident, I tried some of the presets from the Industrial Iron pack on the images. They actually worked really well, and I ended up using them as a basis for the look on the whole set of photos.

Below is a selection of images from the shoot. You can see the full photo essay here on my Photo Journal. Industrial Iron is available now from here on the store.