Fuji raw conversion workflow
- Import routines:I use Lightroom to store images by date. It will automatically create a year folder, month folder and day folder to match the creation date of the import file and this is how I organise my raw files. In addition, I add basic keywords to the image, copyright information.
- Collections: For me this is the biggie. I make extensive use of collections to group images. From competition entries, to tracking FIAP salons, I would be completely lost if someone took away my access to Lightroom collections.It is the basis.
- Web/Social media: Lightroom has add-in plugins to allow direct export to selected social media sites ( Flickr, 500px & Instagram) and direct to the gallery plugin on the website. The plugins and Lightroom working together to greatly simplify workflow involved in publishing images.
I took this image in a dark house in Varanasi with a Fuji 100F. The room was dark, the image underexposed and very noisy. The JPG generated by the camera was quite clean, but I could not get an image I was happy with from Adobe Camera Raw
- The first thing is set up an "Auto-Import" folder for Lightroom. Anything copied to this folder will be automatically imported into your Lightroom catalog. To set up Lightroom for auto-import, go the File menu, Auto-Import and choose Auto Import settings. The dialog box on the right is displayed and allows you to control the import process - pretty similar to the regular import settings. I move the files to a staging folder where I can later decide what I want to do with the image.
- Setup an export Preset from Lightroom. This gives me an easy and consistent way to transfer an image or images to Capture One. The preset copies the raw file to a fixed folder retains the original file name and type and then opens Capture One. The preset can also be used to copy a batch of files. To make it, even more, user friendly, add a shortcut key to the preset for quick access.
- In Capture One, set-up a preset export or recipe as its termed in Capture !. This will set the export file type (PSD), location - which should be equal to the Auto-import folder in Lightroom. You can also add metadata such as camera type, copyright and GPS locations and even add a watermark to the image.
- Import images as normal to Lightroom. I usually apply a preset to set the default film simulation type to Fuji Provia, add any general keywords that apply and set the copyright info with a metadata preset. All of this is done from the import dialog
- I take a quick run through the images and mark rejects or picks ( using the X or P shortcut). Once I completed a run-through, I use to flag filter to just show me the images I have marked as picks
- I do a second run through the picks to decide which I want to send to Capture one for further processing. Once I've narrowed it down, I export the images to Capture One using the pre-cooked export preset.
- I then switch to capture one to complete the adjustments I want to do on each image. To mark the image as processed, I tag it with the colour green. The idea of the colour tag is to allow me to separate out the processed from the unprocessed images.
- I then select the images tagged green and use the Capture One recipe to process the images as photoshop PSD files into the Lightroom auto-import folder.
- As a final clean-up, when I'm happy with the final processed image, I delete the copy raw files from the Capture One folder
The file viewer in Capture One allows images to be filtered by rating, keyword or colour tag. Illustrated here is a folder with 20 images, 2 of which are tagged green
This image shows how to set a colour tag on an image. Green is used in this instance to indicate that the image in question is ready for export back to Lightroom