If you are a Fujifilm X series shooter and you are getting some artifacts when sharpening your Fujifilm RAW files in Lightroom, you are not alone. It is actually a well-known issue in the Fujifilm world that Lightroom doesn't know how to handle the RAW files properly. There are a couple alternatives that can help you work around this issue. One of the most popular options is Iridient Developer (currently only available for MAC) and Iridient X-Transformer (available on Windows). But to me, the extra step to convert the RAW files to DNG is not very productive. So I chose to try another popular option which is Capture One. I have to say, compare to Lightroom, Capture One does a pretty good job at rendering Fujifilm RAW files. In this post you will see an example.
We will be looking at the following photos as an example. The same RAW files opened in both Lightroom and Capture One. Here is the original photo, then we will zoom into 200% so that we can see the noise pattern clearly.
Next we will zom in to 200% scale to take a look at the shadow cast by the lens to determine the noise pattern. The first image was taken at ISO 200 and opened in Lightroom, and applied sharpening amount 100 in Lightroom
Now, let's take a look at the same RAW file in Capture One. In Capture One, I applied sharpening amount 1000 which is the largest sharpening amount you can do in Capture One. Also I removed all noise reduction.
Now let's take a look at a RAW file captured at ISO 800. The first image is Lightroom and the second image is Capture One.
As you can see above, when sharpening in Lightroom, if you are not careful but just simply raise the sharpening amount, it is really easy to get the wormy artifact. but in Capture One, the noise pattern is much smoother and natural.
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