Picktorial 3 – NEW Fujifilm X Pack Film Presets Are Here and reviewed by Middle Earth

If you have been paying attention to my blog then you know just how much I like Picktorial 3.0 Software.  But just to be sure you know I am going to say (shouting in caps) I    L  O  V  E     I  T………

I’ll jump back a bit and say I own a lot of software for image processing.  The main reason is always the hope of finding the software that will truly allow me to process my images the way I like to see them.  By searching all the possibilities it also give me the chance to be able to explain the pros and cons of different software.  The only products I have dumped off my machines is Adobe products. I’ll leave it at that.  The ones that I still have and own are On1 Photo Raw, Alien Skin, Affinity, Pictorial 3.0, and a variety of other point and shoot type programs.

My go to is Picktorial and if you want to know the reasons why then do a search on my blog site and you will find a number of articles explaining all of that.  Let’s just say that the software is the simplest, most creative, most accurate software I have found and the help from the company itself is unlike any other in the industry.  Their responses and solutions are simply the best.

Many months ago I sent them tonnage of images with different film simulations from both the Fuji XT1 and Xpro2 and a variety of lenses for the purpose of their research and development in support of Fuji X users.

Several weeks ago they provided me with a beta copy of the simulations to work with and made me promise not to share them with anyone or write about them until they were ready to release them.  And now they are ready.

Middle Earth who I have a lot of respect for is a very accomplished photographer and reviewer and he has just reviewed the simulations for Fuji X raw files.  That is what I have linked you to at the bottom of this article and while he stresses the fact that his use for simulations in general are very limited he does give high compliments to these simulations as being quite accurate in regards to what Fuji can produce in camera with Jpeg files.

I like simulations which help me achieve a quick image for posting in an article or on Facebook and the like but more important than that is that a really good film simulation, which these are gives me a perfect starting point to get to the color and texture I like in an image.  Then I can make changes to enhance that simulation to get to my final result.

With these simulations I can now stay right within my Picktorial raw process, have  incredible extensive controls within the software to create the look I want to achieve and get to the film look that Fuji X provides.

Photography NEWS! A Happy Day For Fuji Users… Picktorial just released a new set of camera profiles called The Picktorial X-Pack of film simulations for

Source: Picktorial 3 – NEW Fujifilm X Pack Film Presets! | Finding Middle Earth

Monochrome — updated July 13th, 2017 with a better viewing method

 

Monochrome — updated July 13th, 2017 with a better viewing method

Many many years ago when I was just a kid working in my dad’s darkroom, black and white photography was what we did.  People shot in black and white, processed black and white and created images that were story telling, dramatic, honing in on what was the primary subject and not the colors.  Black and White totally eliminated color and isolated what is important in an image, the subject.

I am not against good color images and to be honest, if done right can provide us with the beauty of the world overall.  Color is most certainly a part of photographic lives and story telling so I am not discounting what great color represents to the photographer and the images a photographer gives to us.

There is a long-awaited and most certainly deserved rebirth  of the monochrome image, which is not solely black and white.  People are beginning to appreciate how a monochrome image draw them into the image, right to the heart of the story, the subject.

Overtime and even more so today I have processed digital images that were created in raw color by the cameras software, into monochrome images with a variety of software products.  With wonderful software in the market today I have come to process images both in color and black and white in Picktorial 3.0 raw processor which provides me with universal and local adjustments for all my tools.  Then in the final process should I want a more artistic approach I either export a copy of my image to Nik Silverefex Pro 2.0 (soon to be discontinued completely) or Alien Skin X2 Layer software  and/or On1 Photo Raw

However, as I am a Mac user, I do use Picktorial for over all adjustments and then Alien Skin x2 to finish if necessary.  I should note that Alien Skin is also a raw processor for both Windows and Mac as is On1.

I have also set up my Fuji X cameras, all three of them to shoot black and white Jpegs and color raw files at the same time.  So what I see in the viewfinder and LCD screen is a black and white (monochrome) image.

Definitions

Adjective:  1) having only one color, 2) representing colors with shades of gray (photography).

Origin: From Ancient Greek μονόχρωμος ‎(monókhrōmos), from μόνος ‎(mónos, one) + χρῶμα ‎(khrôma, color); mono- +‎ -chrome.

First known use: Early decades of the 19th century.

Modern use: ELLIOTPAULSTERN.ME

Digital photography, monochrome is the capture of only shades of black by the sensor, or by post-processing a color image to present only the perceived brightness by combining the values of multiple channels (usually red, blue, and green). The weighting of individual channels may be selected to achieve a desired artistic effect; if only the red channel is selected by the weighting then the effect will be similar to that of using a red filter on panchromatic film. If the red channel is eliminated and the green and blue combined then the effect will be similar to that of orthochromatic film or the use of a cyan filter on panchromatic film. The selection of weighting thus allows a wide range of artistic expression in the final monochromatic image.

 

TAKING PICKTORIAL RAW PROCESS PROGRAM FURTHER WITH EXTERNAL EDITORS

Picktorial, as so many of you now know is my favorite raw processor especially for my Fuji X raw files on my Macintosh computers.

Picktorial as a stand alone program has incredible power but like other programs also has the ability to use great plug in apps like those from Google Nik.

Watch this video to see just how easy it is to use in programs of your choice such as Lightroom, Photoshop, On1, and so many others.  By simply accessing the software you can make changes, save changes which automatically go right back into Picktorial as a separate and new version of your file.

 

PICKTORIAL SOFTWARE FOR PROCESSING RAW and ALL IMAGES ON A MAC

PICKTORIAL SOFTWARE FOR PROCESSING RAW and ALL IMAGES ON A MAC IS ONE OF THE POST POWERFUL RAW PROCESSORS TO DATE BUT IT IS ALSO JUST EXTREMELY SIMPLE TO LEARN AND USE.

If  you are a Fuji X shooter then you will finally realize just how great your images can look.  No more Adobe Lightroom artifacts and no more excuses about getting to the perfect post processed image.

I shot all of these images using the Fuji X Pro 2 and 50mm 2.0 Fuji Lens. I processed the images below with Picktorial 3.0 xxx

The software, Picktorial is one that I have been working with for several months and have tested it against Adobe Lightroom, Phase One Capture One, On1 Photo Raw, and MacPhun Luminar.

It has proven to be the best of the best.  First, it is simple to use. Second, it has more workable powerful tools than any of the others in just the right combination to make your images scream of the screen or paper.  Third, the company’s ability to respond virtually instantaneously to suggestions is unheard of in the software industry in my own personal experience.

It is in my opinion the software that Fuji X users have been looking for that resolves the sharpening issue of leaves in trees and similar subjects that other software simply smears.

You have in hand universal adjustments for everything but even more important is a set of brushes and gradients for locally adjusting pretty much everything and anywhere in an image.

It has to be the best software I have used in years.

You can get a trial version that will undoubtedly lead to you purchasing this Mac Only program.

Picktorial 3.0

I do not have a financial or personal relationship with Pictorial or the founders of Pictorial.  I have paid for my software, I use the software and love the software.  I am not obligated in any way, shape or form to the company and they are not obligated to me.  If I found that the their product was not one that performs then I would not be writing about it or posting other bloggers opinions.

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO-via PetaPixel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are about to learn something new, or are revisiting what you may of have sort of put aside for the love of automation it is always a smart thing to do learn or relearn the basics.

This article posted on PetaPixel is going to do just that for you.

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will attempt to a

Source: The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

Major firmware updates coming for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2: DpReview & Fujirumors

Thank goodness there is at least one camera company that cares about and supports their customers.

 

 

 

If you are a Fuji X photographer you have to be in love with the folks at Fuji who have continuously updated firmware in their camera models at no charge and without any hassle since the inception of the product line.

Unlike other camera companies whose firmware updates are for fixing existing problems that should have been done long before the camera or lenses came to market Fuji not only admits when there has been a problem but also continues at least for a couple of years to update firmware so that it incorporates brand new features that the cameras did not have before.

In this case Fuji has announced one upgrade for the Xpro2 and the XT2 that will be here at the end of March and another that will probably come the end of may and it will add 33 brand new or enhanced features between the two models.

Not only do they produce beautiful and innovative products, you are virtually guaranteed that you will not be left behind as new models enter the market place.

I would call them the industry good guys.

 

Fujifilm will launch a couple of major firmware updates for its X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Features on the way include focal length-dependent minimum shutter speed in ISO auto and added tools for video shooters. Read more

Source: Major firmware updates coming for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2: Digital Photography Review

AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs: Digital Photography Review

 

 

AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs

It was back in November 2016 that Nikon did what was unheard of in the walls of Nikon Inc., and downsized by 1000 personnel to help stop a leaking boat.

Now the exceptional, never delivered DL series of cameras is gone before it ever really got here.  They have had all kinds of excuses for why delivery could not happen and now they say it is too expensive.

Nikon says that the development costs had become too great to continue. A statement released today also mentions the company’s concern that it wouldn’t sell enough units to make up for the increased costs, due to a slow down in the market.

On top of all that they have had an extreme financial loss as stated in this article from DPreview.

I personally think the DL series had great consumer potential, if they had delivered  when they were supposed to.  I know a great many people looking to carry less and some were even willing to own both cameras in lieu of a DSLR outfit.  Sad.

What is even worse is the fact that Nikon was and is the only camera company not to embrace mirrorless cameras.  Unlike Leica, Hasselblad, Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and the list goes on.

And then there is the Key Mission 360 degree cameras.  Is this late to the party POV camera enough to pull up the Nikon losses?  Only time will tell.  In the meantime competition like GoPro and others have been showing declining sales of this type of product for several years now.  Who is steering the Nikon ship?

The camera manufacturers have been on the losing end for a while because of steep competition from the phone industry.  But no matter what any one says, the phone concept as being a main camera for the serious photographer is BS.

In my opinion he quality of images from terrific stand alone cameras is still greater, better, and necessary if consumers are going to do the smart thing and print their images instead of goo gooing  over them in front of a tablet, phone, or computer monitor which don’t offer what a good print will always offer.

 

Nikon has officially put an end to the DL series. Announced just under a year ago, the three DL compacts would have had 1″ sensors, and were originally set to ship in June 2016. Read more

Source: Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs: Digital Photography Review