On Fujifilm X cameras you can define your own custom settings. These quick settings affect how your JPG files turns out (they won’t affect the rawfiles). So if you’re looking for some how-to tips on settings for color or black & white images, then keep on reading…
Owners of Fujifilm cameras like the X-Pro1, X100S/X100T or X-T1 often ask me two things: 1) Do I use the custom settings to tweak the JPG files in camera, or 2) Do I use the rawfiles for further work. The answer is both, but it depends what the images are for. For personal use I’m often happy with the JPG file. But for commercial client work, I always – without exception – use the rawfiles and develop them further.
I always shoot RAW and max quality JPG for two reasons:
1) If I’m not happy with the JPG, I can work on the rawfile which contains a lot more information.
2) On Fujifilm cameras you can’t zoom as far into a rawfile (on the back of the camera) as you can with a JPG. All rawfiles contains an embedded JPG file, and Fujifilm haven’t made theirs in max resolution. So shooting RAW+JPG makes it possible for me to zoom further into the picture to check sharpness out in the field, than shooting in RAW only.
On my X-T1 I have saved 7 custom settings (that’s the maximum number you can save). First you choose a “film emulsion” as a starting point, and then you can change parameters like Highlight Tone and Shadow Tone to tweak the look further. These parameters can be adjustment from -2 (low) to +2 (high). Think of it like adjusting the volume. You get more highlight/shadow the higher the number. So the shadows are lighter at -2 than they are at +2, and the highlights are darker at -2 than they are at +2.
What settings you like to use is all a matter of personal taste, and there’s no right or wrong. You have to try different settings, and change them if you’re not satisfied with the results.
These settings have given me color and b&w images that I like, and I prefer a bit of punch & oomph. In the recent firmware version 3.00, Fujifilm gave us the new Classic Chrome, and that has become somewhat of a favourite. So far I’ve kept all parameters at 0 (default) for CC, but that may change over time.
I always try to do as much as possible in camera (SOOC). But when I can’t get the picture all the way there, I develop the rawfile in Capture One Pro 8, and then do the black & white conversion in Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro 2. SEP2 is a very good plug-in for Photoshop, and an advanced digital darkroom for black & white images.
But ‘nough talking, here are my favourite settings as of today (PS! The table shows 8, but there’s only room for 7 in the camera). Hope they can be of use to others as well. Feel free to tell me what you think, or share your own favourite settings in the comment section here.