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My new Fuji Jpeg Guide is now Available

I’m happy to announce that my latest in a series of guides for Fuji X-Series cameras is now available. The official title is “Fuji Jpegs: A Guide to Shooting and Processing” is a 76-page guide with tips and techniques for getting the best results when shooting with Fuji’s Jpeg engine.

The guide covers both things you can do in-camera and how to treat your images afterwards. I start by discussing why you would want to shoot JPEG in the first place. I outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of shooting the format, and I talk about the pros and cons of shooting Jpeg and RAW to separate cards on cameras with dual card slots.

I then talk about some of the settings that you can change in-camera on Fuji X-series cameras, 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.

This is followed by some more general shooting tips, including how I have my own X-Pro 2 set up, and some tips for avoiding camera shake, how to focus on tricky subjects and so on. I also offer a series of recipes. These are basically some suggestions for combinations of settings that you can use to achieve various effects in-camera.

Finally, I look at some tips for processing Jpegs. I look at ways to sharpen Jpegs based on the settings I had previously suggested, and I look at some other tips and tricks for different software. Specifically, I deal with Lightroom, Photoshop and Apple Photos. I also discuss Fuji’s own X-Raw studio and how to generate new Jpegs from raw files in-camera. The guide also comes with some presets for Lightroom, designed to sharpen Jpegs and some Actions for Photoshop.

It’s the longest in this series of guides that I’ve written yet, and I hope people find it useful. I tried to pitch this guide at a broad audience in terms of experience level. I didn’t want to make it too “beginner” to put off more experienced readers, but I didn’t want to make it too advanced either. Similarly, it covers a broad range of topics, but I didn’t want to go too deep into any one, as not everyone has the same interests. It’s probably a little different from my other guides too, in that it focuses more on shooting rather than editing.

Anyway, I have been quite nervous about launching it, because it is a little different, but it’s done now, so it’s in the hands of the readers!

The guide will normally sell for €6.50 but I’m having a special launch price of €5 for the first two weeks. (The exact price depends on local Vat rates.) You can find out more details about it here on the store page, including a complete chapter breakdown, and a downloadable excerpt.

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X-Transformer Book First Update Now Available

I’ve just published the first update to my X-Transformer guide. This update is free to anyone who has already purchased the book. It contains a number of fixes for a few mistakes that made it through (sorry about that!). I’ve also added a few extra sections based on feedback from readers of the first version. Here’s a breakdown of what’s changed:

1. Fixed some typos

2. Added Missing Panel In lens corrections section

3. Added section on Saving out Metadata from Lightroom

4. Added notes on possible PC limitations to using drag and drop

5. Fixed incorrect naming of menu item for saving metadata to disk

6. Added additional workflow

7. Added some suggestions for using the files with Capture One 10.1

8. Added table of contents and improved the layout

9. Now 35 pages

I want to thank everyone who purchased the guide. The response was greater than I was expecting. I also want to thank everyone who sent feedback, which has helped improve it, and I hope will continue to improve it going forward.

If you already purchased the guide, the update is available in your Downloads page under your account on my digital download store. It’s labelled with the postfix 1.1. For full details on how to upgrade see this post on my help centre:

How to Re-Download your Previous Purchases or Get Updated Products

Discussion and Community

Speaking of the help centre, I’ve added a new “Community” section to the help centre courtesy of the latest round of Zendesk updates. This is a kind of user forum, and so if you want to discuss the guide and make suggestions for future versions, or ask questions, you can do it there. I may not be able to answer immediately, but other users can chime in and help too. You can visit the community on my help centre here:

Thomas Fitzgerald Photography Community

I’m still in the process of setting it up, so there aren’t many topics there yet, but feel free to use it. I will be adding more topics and content to it if there’s interest, but it’s a good way to discuss things. It will be moderated though, so be nice!

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X-Pro 2 Supplement for the Capture One X-Trans Guide now available

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If you have bought my Capture One Guide for processing X-Trans files, I’ve added a supplement with some guidelines for X-Pro 2 users. As X-Pro 2 support in Capture One is currently listed as “Preliminary” there are a few issues with the current implementation. In this supplement I’ve discussed these as well as some workarounds where possible. I’ve also listed the settings that I’m currently using.

Note that this document is a temporary supplement that is designed to assist you using Capture One with X-Pro 2 files in its current “Preliminary” state. It will be updated as support is improved, and the information in this will be incorporated into a future version of the full guide.

The supplement is a free addition for anyone who has previously bought my Capture One Guide. To download the supplement, log into your account on the store and go to the downloads section. Here you should find the new supplement added to your existing downloads. (You will need to have previously purchased the Capture One Guide)

As with the original guide, an online version is also being made available on my Blog in the near future.