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How do Fujifilm's film simulations affect the look and feel of your photographs?

I wrote a blog post a while back about this very topic but I was never really happy with it. Perhaps it was because the image I selected did not really emphasise how Fujifilm's fantastic film simulations can affect the look and feel of your photographs.  Sometimes this is dramatic while others can be more subtle.

Personally, I am huge fan of Acros and Velvia simulations but whatever your favourite they make a fantastic starting point in post processing if you are a RAW shooter like myself.

Checking out Fujifilm's film simulations: sample RAW images from the x-t2

Well it has been a long time coming but I am finally making the move from Nikon to Fujifilm.  Honestly, I have become so sick of lugging around a heavy dslr and lenses around the city that it was really starting to grind me down so moving to a lighter system was something I had been considering for a long time.  For me, the move to mirroless was almost entirely based on the smaller weight and size of the body size and lenses.

That being said I thought I might blog about any issues, ideas or tips I have as I begin dipping my toes in the Fujifilm mirrorless world.

First up, I thought it may be useful to view samples of Fujifilm's renowned film simulations.

Just so you know.  All of these images were shot on a Fujifilm x-t2 in RAW.  I imported images in to Lightroom, applied White Balance and the Fujifilm profile - no other editing was applied, no sharpening, noise reduction, nothing.

Click on images to see a larger version.

Fujifilm VELVIA

Fujifilm PROVIA

Fujifilm ASTIA

Fujifilm PRO NEG STD



Fujifilm ACROS



Fujifilm PRO NEG HI





... And there you have it.  What do you think?  Are Fujifilm’s simulations all they are cracked up to be?  Do you have a particlar favourite?  Feel free to comment below.

Four photography YouTubers actually worth watching

Enter "photography tutorial" in YouTube and you'll get over eight million results.  It's not easy finding the right content but the four channels below provide a top notch starting point for your photography needs.   

Thomas Heaton

I have been following Thomas's YouTube for about two years and I can honestly say that he is a fantastic landscape photographer.  He uploads his vlogs weekly (sometimes more frequently) about photography excursions.  He has a great eye and his photography is really top notch.

Thomas is a great host and his style is very laid back.  What's great is that he is just as likely to upload videos when trips don't go according to plan as wells his successes.  His channel has really exploded in recent months and subscriber numbers are now well over 120K.  Well worth checking out

Serge Ramelli

I learned everything I needed to.know about Adobe Lightroom from Serge.  His free tutorials are fantastic and if you really want you can often download his RAW files to edit and along with the relevant video.

It is not just Lightroom though, Serge also uploads Photoshop tutorials as well as a host of other photography tutorials too.  If you want to be an expert in Lightroom, look no further than Serge.

Jimmy McIntyre

If you use HDR or exposure blending then Jimmy's channel is an ideal stop for you.  I have to admit I am fairly new to the whole exposure blending process but Jimmy's excellent tutorials are an absolute must.  Many of his tutorials revolve around his own software called Raya Pro - if you can afford it, buy it - it really is amazing, as well as exposure blending in Photoshop.  Jimmy talks us through the exposure blending process is laid back style, explaining the intricacies and how to achieve these effects.  You can achieve some remarkable results using exposure blending so this is channel is definitely worth checking out.

The Art of Photography

Hosted by Ted Forbes, this is another channel I have followed for a long time.  Ted is clearly a vastly knowledgeable guy who adores photography.  He offers vlogs which cover topics such as the history of photography, photo assignments and the excellent artist series where Ted meets a highly respected photographer to discuss their work and their work practices.

Have any reccomendations?  WHo do you subscribve to on YouTube?  Leave a comment below.

How to Split Tone in Adobe Lightroom

Split toning in Lightroom is simple and effective technique to boost colour in your photography.   It can be used in all types of photography.  I find I get the best results in my travel images, especially when boosting sunshine colours.

The shot above was taken at the entrance of the Kafka Museum in Prague, nothing special but it is ideal for highlighting how easily you can improve your images with this split toning technique.

Adobe Lightroom Split tone settings

In order to add a bit of summer sunshine to your photo you need to add yellows and oranges to your split toning.  Simply click the box next to Highlights and Shadows and choose our colour.  You don’t have to be too accurate with your choices as you can use the saturation and balance sliders to fine tune.  I should say that I very rarely go over 20 in saturation - I mostly use between 5 and 15 saturation as the intensity can be too overwhelming.

After spli toning: the image nowlooks has a a summer sunshine feel. Note the increased orange and yellow tones on the walls and ground

After spli toning: the image nowlooks has a a summer sunshine feel. Note the increased orange and yellow tones on the walls and ground