This process is for those who don’t use Adobe Creative Cloud CC and can’t view the RAW .RAF file. Here are a few Free workarounds to edit your GFX 50s Photographs.
After taking your photograph in RAW and unfortunately for many of us the workflow has added an extra step with the RAF File (.RAF) as it must be converted into a workable file for Lightroom or Photoshop.
Here is an example of the workflow:
- Take Photograph
- Place the captured files into your desired folders on computer. (i.e RAW Photographs Folder)
- Run the DNG Converter Program.
- Click Extract button – Select file source RAF File (.RAF) and Select a desired output folder (i.e Photographs Folder)
- Click Convert run the process. (New files are placed in file folder ready to edit in Lightroom and Photoshop/Bridge.
The conversion of RAW original straight out of the camera will now be a DNG File (.dng) and look something like this in the folder: DSCF1000
The Adobe DNG converter can be Downloaded from here:
Make sure you download the current version to ensure that the program has the camera you are shooting with.
RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX (Ver.188.8.131.52) Installer for Windows
Fujifilm Raw Conversion with Silkypix Software.
32.9MB File with a small crop. The Orginal was 45.7MB.
Saved with basic editing. See the adjacent screen shots in flickr stream. <—–
1.) Run Silkypix Software on PC or Mac
2.) Open Raw file (Photograph)
3.) Change view and Ctrl + will zoom in to desired viewing for edit.
4.) I added a little Strong Contrast and increased Saturation to 1.5 to make the green pop. Colour Mode was changed to Film Simulation, And Last Film Simulation to: Velvia/Vivid.
5.) File, One Scene Development.
6.) Basic Settings Choose JEPG and the JEPG Compressed to drop down to: The Highest Quality; EXIF Non Conforming. And Click Development(S) Button.
Well Done you now have a finished edited Jpeg ready to share to the world.If conversion is done with Adobe DNG converter the .dng file is larger at 129MB then when edited in Photoshop produced a 29.3MB Jepg.
Iridient X-Transformer – A high quality Fujifilm RAF to DNG image converter.
Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 beta 3 Software At this stage it is Beta version. I have tested this software and has performed slightly less than Adobes version. If it was a better program I would be interested but because of the short comings could not justify spending $43.59 on more software.
Best RAW Converter Results
Adobe RAW converter produces a nicer look to the image compared to the others . 100% crop looks the cleanest in my book. I personally prefer Adobe DNG Converter for the results and the workflow. Adobe has performed better results. The Silkypix RAW Converter is a softer image once converted and too soft for my liking. The Iridient X-Transformer Converter is the lessor performer of all three and I wasn’t a fan of the result.
It will be important to work out what your preferred file conversion is from RAW to Jpeg is minimize the storage of files on Hard Drive.
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