I’m an Exposure user since its first release, and it’s always a pleasure to share my thoughts about this beautiful software. Here a short preview of the article that I wrote about the X3 version for FujiLove Magazine. Thanks to the amazing Alien Skin team and to the great community at FujiLove.
Hello everyone, my name is Andrea Livieri and I’m a portrait and landscape photographer based in Venice, Italy. I started my journey with Fujifilm cameras in 2013 when I bought my first X100S, an astonishing compact camera with fixed lens that I still use. In 2017, I made the full switch from Canon to the Fujifilm X system, and have no regrets at all. My go-to camera is the X-T2.
An important aspect of my workflow is the RAW conversion of Fujifilm RAF files. One of my secret weapons in the RAW developing stage is the superb non-destructive photo editor and organizer Exposure X3 by Alien Skin Software. I’m totally in love with it since its first release, when it was “simply” a film simulation plugin for Photoshop.
Ever since I began my career in photography, I’ve processed every single portrait (commercial works, corporate portraits, and wedding events) through Exposure. In the last three years, I started to use Exposure in some of my landscape works too.
I’ve watched Exposure grow over the years, and like how it’s now a complete, powerful, and versatile photo editor and organizer, with unique features that you can’t find in any other software on the market. Let’s take a look at what Exposure X3 offers photographers (especially Fujifilm photographers like us), both in terms of overall functionality and new updates.
Fujifilm RAF Conversion Quality
It’s pretty easy to find complaints about a “wormy” look affecting some Fujifilm files in Lightroom, especially in foliage. Fujifilm RAF files in Lightroom have a very “painterly” look to some of the fine details in the trees, obscuring how the leaves actually should appear; particularly in the Amount slider when you start to go over the default setting. I have to admit that it’s dramatically improved but not yet as good as what can be had with Exposure. The difference is nuanced, but it’s there.
The processing of any digital image requires two essential and distinct types of sharpening: capture sharpening and output sharpening. In the capture sharpening, Exposure X3 excels. … …. ….