Photography Tips

The Beauty Of Simplicity | Fujifilm X-Pro 2

  31.10.2016   Alik   Blog   No comments

You can spend hundreds, or even thousands on landscape photography tutorials, or . . . you can just shoot with Fujifilm.

Here is all I did to get these results.

Uncompressed vs. Lossless – Fujifilm X-T2

  4.10.2016   Alik   Blog   2 Comments

Pacific Palisades Sunset

Remember when the Sony A7rII was released and we didn’t have the option for uncompressed RAW and the Internet almost exploded with nerd rage?

Almost immediately Sony responded and gave us uncompressed RAW and a new trend was born, the option to pick between lossless and uncompressed.

When Fujifilm released the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2, they hoped on the trend train and gave the option between lossless and uncompressed right out of the gate. 

So now that we have the option to choose with the X-T2 and X-Pro 2, uncompressed vs. lossless, the question arises, does shooting with one versus the other actually make a difference? 

An Iridient Developer Workflow Guide

  27.07.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   3 Comments

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Do you ever wonder if you’re using the most time efficient workflow?

If you’re a Fujifilm shooter and want to use Iridient Developer as your primary photo processing software, or even if you want to use it as a RAW converter, then have a solid and consistent workflow is not only going to save you a lot of time, but it will also make your photo editing process a lot simpler. 

In this guide I want to share with you the way I use Iridient Developer to process my Fujifilm RAW files and a file structure to help you stay organized.

How To Shoot Better Sun Stars

  24.07.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the voigtlander 15mm iii.

A relatively new trend has emerged in the online photography communities over the last few years that involves shooting into the sun or other bright light sources so that the bright light creates star points around it. Also known as sunstars.

The Method

I run across a lot of tutorials and tips of people explaining how to do it. Typical they all say about the same thing, shoot high apertures, anywhere from f16 to f22.

While this does usually work, it’s not always the best practice. I find that shooting at higher apertures on many of our high megapixel cameras has a massive impact on overall image quality due to diffraction.

So what do we do?

Iridient Developer vs Lightroom – A Detailed Comparison

  13.04.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

If you’re a Fuji shooter you may have heard of this RAW converter called Iridient Developer. If you haven’t, it’s definitely something worth checking out.

I’ve been using Iridient for the last few months with my Fuji X100T and have been so blow away by the difference it makes when converting my Fuji RAW files, that I decided to do a detailed comparison between Iridient and Lightroom to show you just how much better it can be at processing Fuji X-Trans files.

And the results turned out a lot better than I was expecting.

Classic Chrome – Raw vs Jpeg FujiX100T

  3.12.2014   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Out of curiosity I wanted to see how the FujiX100T manipulated images between JPEG and RAW when using the new Classic Chrome color profile.

At first I would have thought that they would be almost indistinguishable or at least extremely close. After all, why would a JPEG image look any different than the RAW with Classic Chrome? The profile is built by the same company using the same curves. But the results are actually very surprising.

4 Ways to Improve Your HDR Photography Before Tone Mapping

  8.11.2014   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

How To Improve Your HDR Photography

Looking for ways of improving your HDR photography? Are you wondering where in your HDR workflow you are making mistakes?

Chances are there are a few steps you’re completely overlooking, and there happening before you even start.

I’ve compiled a list of four techniques you need to do to every HDR photo before tone mapping.

Here they are:

Best SD Memory Cards For The Fuji x100T, X-E2, X30

  1.11.2014   Alik   Memory Cards   No comments

When shopping for SD memory cards it’s important that you know the various speeds numbers and what they all mean.

Before I go into the differences on all the SD memory card classes here is a list of some great buys.

10 Reasons Why Your HDR Photos Suck

  25.10.2014   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

This HDR photo was taken in Redondo Beach California during an amazing summer sunset.

Have you noticed HDR photography gets a lot of criticism on the web? Why? Because HDR photography is hard, that's why. A lot can go wrong from shooting to processing. And it usually does.

The sad reality is the photography critics seem to be on the hunt for HDR photographers. Believe me, I've been there victims many times. They are like the grammar trolls of photography pointing out every detail and mistake.

So how do you shoot good HDR Photography? You can start by avoiding the following 10 reason for bad HDR.

Save Your Skies With Luminosity Masks

  3.10.2014   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Hawaiin sunset at Waimea Bay.

How to use luminosity masks in Photoshop to bring down those washed out highlights in your sunsets

Often times when shooting sunsets you'll find the area just around the sun gets blown out by the intense light. It's important to bring down those highlights to help avoid lost colors and pixels in your images which will also help give you a much deeper rendering of both color in the highlights. 

It sounds complicated and it looks complicated, but I'll show you the easiest and quickest way to correct those washed out highlights.