The Heck With Film Simulations, In Camera Styles. Shoot and Post Process

My Camera has film simulations or styles or something that takes the camera away from its incredible norm

Why can’t camera companies and software developes leave well enough alone.  Why do they all insist in giving us useless features

I have been totally impressed what cameras can accomplish today to help us get the best possible image before we ever have to post process it.  Note that i said “HAVE BEEN.”  I am no longer enamored by frills like this because I am a RAW shooter.   I am a Jpeg shooter and I can save my raws to one memory card in the camera and the raws on another card. Perfect.

So the film simulations in cameras or styles in camea or what ever the camera manufacturers want to call them can only be seen on the lcd screen on the back of the camera or on the screen of a computer because these effects are burnt into.

Don’t get me wrong, if you are a Jpeg photographer and have no intention of correcting dynamic range, white balance, possible tonality mishaps then you can benefit from these different looks.  I mean Fuji X has given us ACROS black and white film simulation, and even though it is only available as a Jpeg, I love it.

But if you are a raw shooter then these looks will not appear in the file.  Instead you are on your own to process  with what ever your choice of raw processor is. So if you are an artful photographer or determined to have your own style a greater latitude in processing then raw is the way to go and forget about the useless film simulations or styles.

However if you just want to jump into social media then go for the jpeg.  Right!  Don’t fix anything, don’t crop, don’t process the jpeg, just don’t…………  Because everything you do will take away more and more data.

Companies like Adobe, iridient, I think Affinity have added film simulations and styles in the Raw side of your process.   Sure they have. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THAT COMES OUT OF YOUR CAMERA AS A JPEG.  They are designed by the software folks to be like what comes out of your camera but the attempts are just not the same because the guru at the camera company spent eons creating this simulations for the digital world.

So just to confuse all of you a little bit more, if I find a film simulation look, like Acros, that just can’t be beat in the cameras final Jpeg process, then…………I save that Jpeg as a 16bit TIFF file uncompressed.  That way I can process to my hearts content without worrying any longer that I will lose a bunch of data.   But you must remember that you are still limited to the parameters as to how the Jpeg and then the Tiff were created and in reality the data information in  the exact same file but in RAW can not be duplicated.

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