I’m going to start by apologising for showing this image. I have shown it in the past, well a similar one anyway. The reason I’m sharing it again is that I’ve been experimenting further with Alien Skin Exposure X4.
I shot this image back in 2016 using a Fuji X-T1. At the
time I recognised the potential of the Fuji system but couldn’t achieve a good
conversion of the RAW files using Lightroom or Photoshop. I almost gave up on
the Fuji entirely but decided to try the X-T2 because I liked using the camera
so much. The X-T1 went back as a trade in and I stuck with the X-T2 which is
now my main camera.
Although I deleted most of the images shot with the X-T1, I
did keep a few of the RAW files. I thought that I would keep these to test RAW
converters in the future. That’s why I’m sharing this image now as I processed it
using Exposure X4 and I’ve very happy with the results. When I processed this originally
using Lightroom, the trees had a terrible wiggly pattern and it lost the fine
details. Using Exposure X4 the image is full of detail and very sharp. It’s
also made a great job of recovering the shadows in the image.
I think when I have some time I’m going to do a review of a
few popular RAW converters processing Fuji RAW files. I think it will make for
an interesting experiment.
If you haven’t seen my latest video showing my recommended Exposure workflow, you can watch it on Youtube.
Exposure from Alien Skin is one of my long-time favourite processing tools and yesterday they launched Exposure X4. I’ve already got my upgrade and I can see a few enhancements and new tools. You can find out more about the enhancements on the Alien Skin website where you will also find a free trial version to download.
Despite the new tools and features, I’m not really blown
away by any of them and I didn’t know if they justified the price of the
upgrade. The Smart Collections is a nice addition and I can see Exposure is becoming
more of a Lightroom replacement, but it’s not exciting me. Then I found the
exception which is hard to quantify; Alien Skin has just described it as RAW
Having processed the shot you see above with the software I
thought that’s not bad. The RAW file came from a Nikon D800, so I thought I
would try some RAW files from the Fuji. And that’s when I the results stopped
me dead. The RAW conversions are incredibly clean. There isn’t a wiggly worm
pattern anywhere to be seen and the detail is incredible. Even RAW files shot
with the 18-135 lens look amazingly sharp and detailed.
If you’re a Fuji RAW file shooter, do look at the trial
version of Exposure. I would be interested to know if others also like the
Tomorrows YouTube Video
To celebrate Exposure X4’s launch I decided to answer the
question I’m often asked about Exposure “what’s a good workflow”. The video
will demonstrate this using Exposure X4 and goes live around 15:30 UK time.