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| p.4 #1 · Fuji X-E1 tips and tricks |
Alright so, after spending most of the afternoon getting familiar with RPP, I am to put it simply amazed. It is without question the best RAW developer for X-Trans images at the moment. The software took a little while getting use to and I'm still adapting, but reviewing the 16bit .tif files I worked on today through RPP, I'm definitely getting nicer images than what LR4.3 renders. All they need is a bit of noise removal with files over 3200 iso.
RPP seems to work best with camera settings as such: RAWs set to 100%DR (not AUTO or 200%.) I tried setting my camera to -2 highlight, -1 shadow, 0 noise, 0 sharp, 0 color and shooting maybe +1/3-2/3 on the exp. comp. dial. This seems to render the most "flat" files for RPP to work with. Tweaking auto WB via RPP, then k64 color preset plays very nicely with most images. They look slightly warm but it's a good start.
I've tried several different RAW developers and to my eyes, RPP gives the most organic, natural files to work with.
Oh and for previewing, I'm going to be shooting RAW+(s)jpg so that I can view them all in pairs in one folder once on the computer.
I figure if I like the SOOC file the most, I'll be able to match it pretty closely with some practice with RPP then some LR or PS.
Of course, I'll get some examples/comparisons but all I can say is I like what I'm seeing and almost feel as I could get use to this as my everyday work flow. I almost gave up until I tried some "easy" RAF files and couldn't believe how sharp the 50% rendering was in RPP. That's without any added sharpness. If you're willing to spend a day working out how to use RPP and own a Mac, seriously try it out.