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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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A Look at the New Features in X-Transformer Beta 4

Late last week Iridient Digital released an update to the X-Transformer beta. Now at Beta 4 it adds a few new features, including some significant ones. I will be updating my X-Transformer guide soon with details of the new features, but for now, I wanted to provide a quick overview for users, and so I’ve created a video showcasing the new features.

If you already have my guide, when I have updated it, the update will be free, and you will find the revised version in your account. If you signed up to be notified, you will receive an email with details when it is released.

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My Presets in Action: Processing Street Photography with QuickLux 2

QuickLux 2 Street Photography Before and After Lightroom Presets

Over on my Photography Blog I regularly publish a series called: “Street Photo Diary”. This, as the name suggest, is a series of blog posts dedicated to Street Photography. I usually have a new entry in this series about once every month, and every so often I will go with a different look, or a different style. For the latest issue of my Street Photo diary series, I used my “QuickLUX 2” set of presets as the base look for the photos.

In particular, I chose the specific preset “Qneg-Basic02” as the starting pint. I really like this look, and it’a probably my favourite and most used from QuickLux 2. It’s hard to describe what it is that appeals to me about it. When I was creating it, I was going for the Woodsman / Outdoors style that was popular in certain lifestyle magazines at the time. Since then I like using it on images when it’s a dull day.

As always, I start the process by culling the shots from the shoot. In this case it was from several different shots. I used Lightroom’s “Set as target collection” function to sent a new collection as the destination, and then I went through the previous set of street shoots, and when I came to an image I wanted for this series, I pressed the D key to add it to the collection.

Once I had the project curated into a collection that I wanted to work on, I set about processing them. I had already decided which look to go with, so I started by applying the preset as the base. In this case, as mentioned earlier it was “QNeg-Basic02”. After applying that, I tweaked the exposure slightly. I also added a little extra grain. Here’s a before and after example:

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In some cases I did a little more to the shots. I tweaked the curve slightly. The QNeg-Basic02 preset has a slightly raised black level in the curves, and sometimes this can make the blacks a little too grey, so for situations where it was a bit much, I lowered the black point on the curve. In the majority of cases though, the most I would have to do is just tweak the exposure after applying the presets. Here are a few more before and after example:

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You can see the original Street Photo Diary blog post here. For more information about QuickLux2, you can find out full details on the product page. There is also a sample of one of the QuickLux presets in the Lightroom Sample Pack if you want to try it before getting the full set.

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Christmas Support Hours

Happy Christmas

On this Christmas Eve, I wanted to wish everyone who has bought one of my presets or books a very happy holidays.

I hope you all enjoy a very peaceful Christmas and a happy new year. Over this festive season, I will be taking some time off, and so my customer support answering hours will be reduced. While you can still send support requests, I will not be available to answer support requests on the 25th and 26th of December and also the 1st of January. I will respond to queries as soon as possible after that time.

In January I will be making the move to a new store platform and you can read all about the upcoming changes here.

In the mean time, I want to wish all of you who celebrate the holiday a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you to all my customer for your support over the last 12 months.

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Updated Fuji X-Trans Lightroom Guide Now Available

I have just updated my Fuji X-Trans Lightroom guide with some significant changes. I’m calling it “version 1.5” and it contains some updated information, including some notes on processing 24mp X-Trans files, such as those from the X-Pro 2. I also tried to incorporate as much of the feedback and questions that I’ve received since the initial release. I also used the opportunity of releasing an updated edition to make some other changes and include some additional detail. If you had previously purchased this guide, the updated version is available for free to download from your account.

I’ve re-formatted the book slightly, and cleaned up a bit of the structure and language in a few places. The old guide was just a flat document, but the new edition has been structured into chapters to make it easier to navigate. I’ve also changed the format from A4 to US Letter.

While this may seem like a weird choice as A4 is the standard here in Europe, there are actually a couple of reasons for doing this. First of all, despite the fact that I’m based in Ireland, the majority of customers are from the US. Secondly, the US Letter format makes it easier to re-purpose into other versions. I’m working on releasing an iBooks Store (and possibly a Kindle) version and it requires the original to be in US letter. Finally, US Letter is a better fit when displayed on an iPad.

Based on the feedback from customers I’m changing the way it is delivered too. I had previously included the book and presets in a single .zip file download. A few people have pointed out that this makes difficult to download directly on an iPad, and so I’m going to supply the Book as a PDF with a separate download for the presets. This means that you can load the book right onto an iPad directly form your account page.

Finally, the book now contains a breakdown of the supplied presets. Quite a few readers have requested this, and so I’ve included it as an appendix at the back of the guide.

Here is a list of some of the things that have changed or been added to the updated version since the first edition:

  1. Increased the number of pages from 30 to 48
  2. The book is now formatted for US letter as opposed to A4. this is because the majority of customers for this book have been from the US. Also, a US letter format is closer to the display ratio on most tablets, such as the iPad. You can still print it on A4 without any problems, just choose “Scale to fit” on your printer.
  3. Re-formatted the book to be broken down into chapters. This makes the guide more structured, easier to follow, and easier to refer to specific sections.
  4. Added a section on 24mp X-Trans cameras, such a the X-Pro 2 and X-T2
  5. Added a section on matching the in-camera Shadow and Highlight tone options.
  6. Added a section on dealing with moiré in Lightroom
  7. Added a section on shooting and creating HDR images.
  8. Added a section on advanced colour fringing correction.
  9. Added an appendix with a detailed breakdown of the supplied presets.

How to update

If you had previously purchased the guide, you will find the new version in your account on my Digital download store. To get the update simply go to your downloads page and you will find a link. Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the “My Account” page on the store.
  2. Log In
  3. On the side bar set of links, click on “Downloads”
  4. Locate the files from the list of available downloads and click download.

To update the presets from the old ones, simply follow the instructions in the guide, and when your computer asks you do you want to replace the files, click ok. Alternatively just copy the additional preset folders over. (The existing ones from version 1 haven’t changed)

Some useful support documents

If you are having trouble downloading the updated guide please see the FAQ on the help centre for help. The most common problems are answered there. Here are a few specific Tech Notes that may be of help:

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Iridient Developer X-Trans Guide Now Available

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This has been a long time coming, and it feels like I’ve been working on it for ages, but my third Fuji X-Trans guide is now finally available. This time, I’m covering Iridient Developer, and the e-book is a comprehensive guide to using the software for processing Fuji X-Trans files. I also cover some workflows for integrating Iridient Developer into a Lightroom Workflow.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Opening a folder and getting images into Iridient Developer.
  • Using Iridient Developer as a Lightroom Plugin.
  • Understanding the Iridient Developer controls.
  • Understanding the demosaicing and sharpening settings.
  • Noise reduction and lens correction.
  • Creating black and white images in Iridient Developer.
  • My recommended settings for sharpening
  • Batch processing and exporting.
  • Workflows for working with Lightroom.

As with my previous guides, I’ve also talked about the settings (or range of settings) that I use. Where appropriate too, I’ve given specific X-Trans tips. I also cover how to set up the software to use it as a plug-in for Lightroom, and I also briefly cover using the Apple Photos edit extension.

It’s 68 pages, and I hope it will help all of those who have written to me, who have struggled with Iridient Developer. I hope it offers something for those who are both experienced and relative beginners alike.

It’s available now from my Digital Download store. the normal price will be €5 but for the launch and the next week it will be available for €4.

There’s more information on the product page, including a PDF excerpt. I’ll be publishing some more excerpts over the next little while too.