Trialing my Custom Settings

Following on from Friday and Saturday’s crafting of my Classic Chrome based custom setting, I went down to Wynyard Quarter on a beautiful Sunday morning to test my custom setting recipe. The purpose of a custom setting on a Fujifilm camera is to digitally simulate a film look for the photos. The intention is to create a shooting experience akin to shooting with film where most of the work is done in camera. Similar to film photography, there will still be a small amount of post processing required in “developing” the final product. However, the effort to process is generally expected to be minimal.

My personal custom setting, which is also known as recipe to Fujifilm shooters (term coined by Ritchie Roesch), tries to mimic a modern high contrast look which is not too cool to touch.

I was quite pleased with the test. The custom setting generally produced pictures that I like straight out of camera. The conditions this morning were bright and sunny. The spring light was a little harsh this morning but I think the customer setting held up reasonably good. However, the weather conditions in Auckland can change quite quickly. Auckland is a narrow piece of land sandwiched by two large bodies of water. It does not take much for the wind to pick up and hide the sun behind clouds. When conditions change, I’ll either have to switch custom settings or do post processing. Here is an example of a shot taken with my custom setting that I feel would look better using my version of Luis Costa’s recipe (reproduced using Fujifilm’s Raw Studio back home). The photo with my custom setting is on the left.

Luis is better

Another observation of mine is that I tend to underexpose my shots. Given my tendency, I wonder if removing Colour Chrome Effect and Colour Chrome FX Blue and increasing highlights by 1 would be a good idea. Here is a comparison of my original on the left and the proposed changes on the right.

I’m very keen on my proposal. However, the proposed changes could also be achieved by simply changing the way I shot And exposing correctly. Isn’t the focus of this exercise to get it right in camera? If so, it will be a good chance for me to slow down when I shoot and learn to get my exposure triangle right. The experimentation continues.

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