See Like a Camera!

Don’t just pre-visualize—see the shot!

My “Re-Thinking the Raw File Workflow” post stirred up quite a storm of protest from photographers so thoroughly invested in a raw-file workflow that they missed the point of the whole post! So… consider this a clarifying post—I will be examining how using the Fuji Film Simulations in-camera helps the photographer see creatively whether they insist on shooting raw or take advantage of the high quality jpegs offered by the Fuji camera!

I have also posted a new video on the subject at the end of this post—scroll down to see it!

Make no mistake, there is a revolution brewing in photographic technology! One that has been percolating since the introduction of digital technology in image processing. The full impact of computer image processing on image capture has yet to be revealed, but there are glimpses of the disruptive technology to come. One has only to consider the iPhone, and the ever dwindling sales of point-and-shoot cameras to see the future of the big-glass DSLRs, and monster medium format cameras! The only question is how smoothly or how rapidly the transition will happen…

The mirrorless “revolution” is perhaps more of a transitional phase, but it is an important step in the march to the inevitable replacement of virtual image capture with computational imaging. The key element of the mirrorless revolution, or more accurately evolution ( because the mirrorless camera is still firmly in the virtual image capture camp,) is not the size and weight advantage of replacing the mirror, but the fact that the EVF (electronic viewfinder) is capable of providing a WYSIWYG experience of image capture! At the moment, nobody understands this better than Fujifilm, and the Fuji X-Pro 2 is currently the ultimate expression of the power of the EVF to inform one’s creative vision!

you can read my older post , and view the video to see that—instead, I’m going to look at the creative application of the Film Simulations for shaping your photographic vision. It is obvious that the way the image looks on the LCD screen, on the back of the camera, impacts your decision making process in capturing images! Even though we’ve been advised not to fully trust that image, and instead “expose to the right,” use the histogram, etc…

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Setting the Highlight and Shadow Tone to -2, I saw this… and captured a bunch of images this way.

Setting the Highlight and Shadow Tone to -2, I saw this… and captured a bunch of images this way. Later… in Lightroom…

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