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The Alternative Workflow: from Lightroom to Photo Mechanic and Iridient Developer

October 11, 2013

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Adobe Lightroom is great. Gives you a lot of possibilities, manages your library, develops your RAWs. It’s a great piece of software. Now, up to December 31st, you can have it with Photoshop for 10 USD a month if you, like me, have a licensed version of a Photoshop >CS3. So it’s a no brainer kind of buy. BUT. But if you’re looking for the best image quality out of your RAW then, well, there is something more. Previous tests on Iridient Developer (version 2.3 just released)  actually confirm that, especially […]

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Camera Image Quality: why DPReview may be sometimes wrong

July 1, 2013

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Just between us: all photographers are crazy for cameras and lenses performances. Every time a new camera hit the market flocks of people flow on the Internet looking for files, pixel-peeping at 200% etc, producing tons of bytes on specialized forums. Even those who normally say they don’t care about gear at the end use some piece of equipment and had, maybe even only once in their lives, an interest for image producing tools and for the maximum quality they can reach using them. DPReview paved the way for “scientific” […]

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Processing X100S RAW with IRIDIENT DEVELOPER – Part 2

May 30, 2013

IRIDIENT DIGITAL vs ACR Part2

Update: RAF file available and Silkypix quick comparison. This second part of IRIDIENT developer RAW processor starts from the conclusion of the first part: IRIDIENT develper looked promising to my eyes, expecially in extracting details from shadows. The open question was: is it worth in a Lightroom based workflow, to add this other piece of software or not? So I decided to test it in real conditions,processing a file shoot in the best conditions for the X100S (f11, the upper aperture value before adding diffraction) at ISO 200 and in […]

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Processing X100S RAW with IRIDIENT DEVELOPER – Part 1

May 14, 2013

IRIDIENT DIGITAL vs ACR

Iridient Developer 2.1 is a neat RAW processor. It’s not written by a big company but from quite a small one which makes it even more interesting to me (I love craftsmanship in a world of big industries). It is partly based on DCRAW (altought the developer claims to have an “original” demosaicing algorithm) and supports 400+ models of camera. The latest announced version, 2.1, published some days ago, promises a good support for the XTRANS sensors onboard the latest Fujifilm cameras, making use of Apple algorithm for the XTRANS […]

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Fujifilm X100 vs X100s

April 9, 2013

X100 vs X100s

UPDATES July 1st: Testing X100S RAW with IRIDIENT DEVELOPER and ACR Part 1 Testing X100S RAW with IRIDIENT DEVELOPER and ACR Part 2 Some more thoughts on the conclusions based on readers feedbacks Further considerations on ACR and DPReview tests Great time for photographers. Lot of possibilities, new (really capable cameras), 35mm chasing Medium Format, small cameras chasing 35 mm. As many of you may remember, I had always a particular interest in small cameras. Maybe because I first learnt how to use a camera with an old (and small) FED 4, […]

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2012 Digital Cameras: The Visual Experience selection

December 10, 2012

2012 Digital Cameras: The Visual Experience selection

2012 brought a number of important products on the market, offering a bunch of news revitalizing the whole sector. Of course, all this activity (170 new models until 2012, so far) often increases the difficulty of choice in the world of digital cameras. This article is a reasoned summary of the various options that are offered today to the professional and the advanced enthusiast, novelty that in some cases are able to put in doubt what has already been purchased in the light of new capabilities, versatility and image quality. […]

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Fuji X-Pro1: one day of positive impressions

June 18, 2012

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Fuji X-Pro1 Review: Intro and disclaimer During my staying in Sanary-Sur-Mer, a nice town of the Provence cost in France, as one of the authors exhibiting at the second edition Photomed festival, I had the possibility to enjoy one full day the Fujifilm X-pro1 and the xf18mm f2 lens. I am now quite used to the Fuji X cameras, being one of first time buyers od the X100. So the first contact with the camera gave me a sense of familiarity. Same commands, look&feel, peculiarities (the latter being sometime positive, sometimes not). Moreover […]

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