Today I watched a video about Fujifilm film simulation recipes, and spent some time reproducing some.
My Fujifilm X-E4 can connect to Fujifilm X Raw Studio and save unlimited custom recipes which makes it easy to try out different looks on the computer and then transfer any of them to the camera. Since I don’t shoot RAW anymore, having these film presets to create the JPGs in-camera is really neat and fun. It’s like having a roll of a particular film (and/or processing technique) in the camera.
Some will say to just shoot RAW and then apply the recipes in post. I understand the logic (I’ve done that for years) but I now prefer keeping things light and simple. That means culling my photo library aggressively and shooting JPG for a small library size and greater compatibility for sharing.
A bit more about culling the photo library. I shoot daily and it’s important to delete images until I have only 5 or 6 chosen JPG files per day in my Lightroom catalog. My nightmare (and how I used to live) is to have 20 RAW files sitting there, ready for processing or deleting. That kind of clutter not only sat on the hard drive, but also sat in the back of my mind. RAW files offer the option unlimited possibilities, but in my mind, these possibilities are just open-ended questions of “is this better?” or “should I go back and re-edit using these other settings?”. A JPEG gives me a kind of closure to each image I’ve taken. It’s more or less final and I can move on.
All that being said, the snapshots in this post are just test shots and not all that good nor interesting, but I like them anyways.