Jump to content

AZWolf

Members
  • Content Count

    45
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About AZWolf

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://www.joelwolfson.com

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Arizona
  1. Hi All, I spent the last couple weeks throwing tough files (Fuji X-Trans 24MP, Sony 42MP) at the Luminar Jupiter update that was officially released yesterday (12 April) Skylum gave me an advance copy to do the testing so I wrote a review of this new release of Luminar, which I just posted on my blog and was also picked up by PetaPixel. I did my testing on an averagely equipped laptop and a fast desktop, both Macs. I have been hearing that Windows users aren't seeing speed increases as dramatic as on Mac platform. In case you saw Skylum's charts in their marketing, they make it look faster than my real world tests. But in all fairness, I don't know how they conducted their tests. I did mine with a digital stopwatch. I also covered most of the other significant changes in the update. BTW, this update is free to current owners of Luminar 2018. In my article I also have links and codes that allow you to piggyback discounts if you have an interest in purchasing or upgrading from the 2017 version. Skylum is also including a bunch of extra freebies, many of which look useful. Hope you like the review- the data part is empirical but of course I express my opinions about other aspects, both positive and not positive. Joel
  2. I just added some more info to the Fuji section of my review. As soon as I finish my comparison of different raw processors for Fuji raw, I'll post it here. In my last raw processor comparison I mainly focused on image quality but in my next one I'll address things like color accuracy, workflow efficiency, etc. Joel
  3. Hi All, I recently returned from presenting at the Arizona Highways photo symposium in Phoenix. One of my topics was A New Age in Raw Workflow with ON1 Photo Raw. Based on this I just posted a review of the new 2018 version being released today (Nov 9, 2017) I also have a Fujifilm section in it. Of course the rest of the review also applies to a Fuji-X-Trans-centric workflow. If can't wait to read the review or don't want to here's a free 30 day trial- full release version. ON1 is also offering a bunch of freebies if you buy it or upgrade. Hope you find the review useful! Cheers, Joel
  4. Last night I updated my custom preset for Aurora 2018 and really like the results! I provide it for free- just follow the details in my article. If you got it before last night (23 Sept), let me know and I'll send you the new one.
  5. Hi All, I just posted an article about using Macphun's new Aurora HDR 2018 as a single image raw processor, especially for Fuji X-Trans. After using it to process several types of images I developed a custom X-Trans preset (for free- see my article) that I feel is helpful for about half of the images. Macphun is also offering a deal on pre-orders- I have links in the article. I'm not a big HDR guy and I didn't initially think of using it for X-Trans raw processing until I started my review process. It's noticeably faster than Luminar and I think it provides a great starting point. I still am using LR for cataloging, ON1 for culling and some processing tasks but it provides a nice option that can really save some time for raw optimization. Hope you find the information useful and let me know what y'all think. Cheers, Joel *I've posted this on another Fuji forum so sorry for any cross-forum redundancy.
  6. I agree that Luminar would not make a good primary raw converter at this point without lens corrections. The idea behind my article was to show that they are on the right track and compared to a few months ago there is a big improvement in Fuji files. So for you and many Fuji users out there the best workflow is my Fuji Option 1. That is if you want to make use of all the useful filters in Luminar. I think the important thing to remember is that there is no one processing solution to fit all situations. It's OK to use multiple products, especially in light of how inexpensive many tools are now. I use ON1 and Lightroom for raw processing along with some other adjustments. But I also make use of the specialized and time saving tasks available in Topaz products, Luminar, etc. It's interesting you mention Apple Photos. I've only been using it to store my iPhone photos. But you've piqued my curiosity so when I get some extra time (haha) I'm going to do a comparison with it. Thanks your your comments! Joel
  7. You're welcome. Glad you find my preset so useful! Cheers, Joel Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. An update- good timing. Luminar just came out with a new update that does a nice job of processing X-Trans. BUT you have to use the right kind of sharpening (I provide a custom preset in my article I just posted about it yesterday.) The other consideration is that Luminar doesn't yet have lens profiles so if you want to process raw then you may have to do some corrections on your own. All that said, I personally think Luminar is worth it just for some of the filters even if you process your raws in ON1 or elsewhere first. They also have a good deal going right now and you can find a coupon code in my article as well to bring the price down farther. Cheers, Joel
  9. Hi All, Macphun sent me their Luminar update a few days ago for me to evaluate. I told them truthfully that I have have always loved the interface but that previous incarnations of Luminar didn't do an acceptable job processing Fuji X-Trans files. So I tried it, was pleasantly surprised and posted this article. At first the images looked too soft but then I experiemented with all different kinds of images and sharpening and developed a custom preset for sharpening the images (link for free download in my article.) So far, they look great. If any of you want to try Luminar and my preset or your own sharpening and let me know, I will be happy to provide the feedback to my contacts at Macphun. Hope you enjoy the article. Cheers, Joel
  10. Hi Adam, Thanks for the kudos! I didn't really mention the value part of it, but you're right it is a lot of software for the money. I think ON1 has done a good job of providing many of the best features from the Photo 10 and earlier software into a raw processing package. They've also added some cataloging and search features for those who want to spend less time in LR or even switch completely over. I'm still using Lightroom for some things and Photo Mechanic for fast culling though this version of ON1 is much faster than LR for culling. It seems to cache several images at a time and is instantaneous until it uses up that cache- then with about a maximum of 4-5 sec on a recent MacBook (i7/8GB/SSD) compared to up to 20 sec. per image at full resolution on LR... Perhaps one of the best aspects is that ON1 is paying attention to Fuji users which is saying something when you look at market share. Cheers, Joel
  11. I just updated my review for the final release with changes and additions such as nine new Fuji lenses added to the list of automatic corrections! ON1 also gave me a coupon code good for 20% off including updates. This comes out a few dollars better for new purchases than their launch special and still includes the Master Series videos. But you have to remove the pre-applied code first and then enter jw17on1 and click apply. Updates come out the same. Hope you find my updated review useful. Joel
  12. I wanted to follow up after my conversation with Dan Harlacher and Michael Morelli at ON1. In short they really do care about getting things right for Fuji users. This is commendable when you consider what a small market share Fuji has compared with Canon/Sony/Nikon. They spent a lot of time with me listening to my feedback on this new update. I think as Fuji users, we can count on their support. I don't have to say this and they don't pay me to say it. I do get affiliate commissions when people click on the links on my website and end up buying something (at no extra cost) but I have always made it clear to all of the companies with whom I have these relationships that I will tell it as I see it. In fact when I mentioned to Dan that I was concerned some readers might get distracted by some red/green bleed on bright white areas in part of a photo that I included in my review for a different purpose, he immediately said "we're not hiding anything... we want people to know that we will work on these types of things" I also mentioned this openness and responsiveness in my review. Cheers, Joel
  13. I actually love the interface on Luminar. However, the last time I tried it in a comparison with other raw processors it didn't fare too well with Fuji X-Trans. Their last update went a little overboard in the other direction- that is a very over-processed/over-sharpened look. Also if you applied more than a couple adjustments it became time consuming as it took 5-6 sec. for each layer/filter/adjustment to render the effect and every time you adjust a slider you have to wait for a redraw. It's also hard to compare it to more comprehensive workflow tool like ON1 Photo Raw. Photo Raw has great performance and they are definitely dedicated to serving Fuji users. I'm looking forward to Luminar updates and hope they will address the Fuji X-Trans processing at some point. -Joel
  14. Hey All, ON1 just released a major update to Photo Raw 2017 which includes lots of useful features for Fuji X users. Here is my review with a special emphasis on Fuji including the new lens corrections and improved X-Trans processing and other good stuff for us Fujifilm users. Let me know if you read it and what you think. I'm talking with them soon to provide feedback and they have a track record of listening so lemme know! Joel
×
×
  • Create New...