I’m a little over two months into my six month working holiday, and I’m already so burnt out from processing RAW images in Lightroom. After arriving in Hong Kong a few days ago, I decided to stop shooting RAW for the time being. I spent a few hours researching my X-Pro2’s film simulation presets and set up Classic Chrome for color and ACROS for black and white.
I haven’t shot much black and white in the past. When I did, I always used a Kodak Tri-X preset from RNI. I love high contrast black and white images, and wanted to achieve this look with the X-Pro2. Here are the settings I used with the ACROS film simulation.
- ACROS Red
- Shadows: +2
- Highlights +2
- Grain Effect: None
- Sharpening: +1
As I walked around Kennedy Town, I realized something quite profound. I was genuinely having fun taking photos… something I haven’t felt for a long time. I gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that I’m usually already thinking about RAW processing when I’m out taking photos. I guess thinking about all the time post processing is going to take really takes the fun out of photography for me.
The ACROS film simulation is gorgeous, and I love the ISO-based dynamic grain algorithm. I’m not going to compare it with “analog film” because quite frankly, I’ve never shot film before. However, the ACROS grain pattern looks really nice to me. That’s all that matters.
Now I feel silly for ignoring Fujifilm’s film simulations for so long. I was always in the “RAW is better” camp, but now I realize that’s completely subjective and situation-dependent. I’m still going to use RAW for certain shots and projects that require more editing, but I’m going to start shooting JPEG for day to day street and travel photography.
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