Fuji XT-3 and Lightroom, my perfect match
Hooray! Adobe finally caught up with the XT-3! I know for all you Adobe haters out there you're probably saying, pffft, C-1 did that a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, I know, but the best is always worth the wait. And again, haters just gonna hate.
I tried C-1 for Fuji. Sorry, but I didn't like it at all. The interface I could probably learn to accept, but it was the overall results I didn't care for one bit. Sharper, better clarity, color? If you say so, but I didn't find it to be true.
For me, Lightroom still works extremely well. Maybe it's because I know the program inside and out, I've been using it since it was in Beta. For my RAF files I know to reduce sharpening to 10 rather than the default 40. Huge difference, perhaps the hugest. Once that's set, I go on to tweak the file. For me, it's most often small tweaks. I rarely need to slam the sliders. The Fuji X cameras almost always nail it. Most often I make a slight curves adjustment, maybe a few points to the color balance and not much more. I like to work files in post production with a feather duster, not a potato masher.
Speaking of the XT-3, last night I shot a series of concerts at my favorite venue, GetHipRecordins. As always, I set the shutter speed to 1/125 and my aperture wide open. Using the 50 - 140mm zoom that was f/2.8. Because I added an LED flood light on the side, my auto ISO floated between 6400 and 8,000. No problem at all, Fuji handles high ISO better than most. The noise at that level is tight and organic looking. You could easily call it "grain" and get away with it.
The performers last night were folk artists, so their movement was pretty confined. Nailing focus with eye-track focusing to a particular eye was great. It was almost cheating! I set the camera to key in on the nearest eye and chose the continuous focus mode. Bang, bang, bang, one frame after the next in perfect sharpness. Because folk music is quite mellow, I set the camera to electronic shutter and turned off the sound. I was working somewhat close to the stage and didn't want the musicians distracted by the sound of my shutter. Another high five to mirrorless technology!
While the color versions of the images were just fine, I decided to convert them to black and white for something different. Monochrome just spoke to me with these folk artists given the soulfulness of their music.