New blog – the purpose

My journey with Fuji X cameras has been relatively short. I bought a Fuji X-H1 on March 2018.

My photography is quite limited, as I am taking mostly photos of my daughter’s dressage riding, our horse, and occasionally some personal hobby photos.

The X-H1 was the only camera that had low enough shutter sound (and I mean mechanical shutter) for the time being with suitable lenses to be used in quiet very low-light indoor-arenas with relatively high shutter speeds (1/500 sec. minimum).

I previously had a Canon DSLR (that sounded like a machine gun in quiet environments) that had beautiful colors, but I was practically stuck with only one look in photos. Fuji appealed to me also because it had more color choices in-camera, I was especially dreaming of the B&W options as I never was very good in post processing and felt hopeless with raw-converters.

When I started using the in-camera color and b&w film simulation settings I found out that my needs deviated quite a lot from people that used the settings for their art. My ideal settings were quite low-contrast as opposed to the high contrast settings You can read of in the web.

I mixed some 10 different film simulation settings and set a maximum number of them (7) into the camera with names that told me what the settings were trying to achieve. It was a very time consuming process to take some reference photos in RAW and test all different scenarios I thought I would face. My mainly used settings were based on ProNegHigh film simulation (our white horse looks gorgeous with that simulation), and Fuji Velvia film simulation (which I wanted for nature photography). I also tweaked some simulations based on Astia (low contrast, low saturation, mainly for hobby purposes) and Classic Chrome (as everyone touted it’s look so much 🙂 ). During this year I have gone from a slight yellow Shift in auto white balance to slight green Shift, back to yellow and again to green. Right now I am having some love/hate relationship with yellow color cast in photos.

Then came the possibility to get Capture One Express for Fujifilm cameras. I soon found out that Capture One had limited the Express version too much so that I could not tweak the colors of the images the way I wanted. I took the advantage of their offer and “bought” the monthly subscription plan to get access to the full color tweaking possibilities of Capture One. Capture One Fujifilm version has very precisely made styles of the in-camera film simulations. When You open the RAW in Capture One the film simulation follows and Capture One uses the same one You used in the camera when taking the photo. But Capture One doesn’t take into account the tweaks You might have done for shadows, highlights, Sharpness etc. So You are left with basic film simulation setting when You import Your photos.

My main reason for this blog is to share my experiences, thoughts, ideas, film simulation settings and Capture One styles that I have created or used. I hope that someone can take advantage of my experiences and settings for his/her needs.

I hope You give feedback and share me links to photos You have created using my, yours or someone elses in-camera or Capture One settings.

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