How I calibrate my monitor with DisplayCAL

In this article I will give you some details on the procedure I follow in order to calibrate my Dell U2515H monitor for optimal photo editing results. Please note that I am very far from being an expert in this field and that the following information is what I have understood after a whole year of trials and errors. My hardware and software configuration My setup is very complicated comparing to the average photographer's one.
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Fuji cameras, x-trans sensors and RAW processing

If you are an owner of a Fuji camera with an x-trans sensor, you will probably have already read a lot about the post processing of x-trans RAF files. Although google is full of results about Fuji RAF files and how the various RAW processors handle them, there are many misconceptions that lead to wrong conclusions. In this post I will try to clarify most of them.  The basics In order to understand x-trans sensors and their differences in post-processing, we first need to understand some principles of digital photography:
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Fuji X-T20 Eterna film simulation or Capture One

Eterna, is a film simulation, introduced by Fuji along with the release of their camera Fuji X-H1. It's a very neutral profile, mainly targeted to videographers, but it's also a very nice choice for photographers that prefer a neutral starting point for further color grading and post processing in general. Capture One doesn't come with simulations for Fuji cameras, so until today, C1/Fuji users cover their need for Fuji simulations (Provia, Velvia, Classic Chrome, etc.
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Color grading photos using levels adjustments

The art of photography is one of my favourite photography youtube channels. It's a perfect balance between gear, composition and editing. Ted Forbes, the man behind this channel, has a deep knowledge of all aspects of photography and I always enjoy watching his latest videos. Yesterday, I had a look at his channel and I found a relatively new video regarding the level tool of Capture One: In this video, Ted shows how we can easily color grade any photo, only using the level tool.
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Fuji X-T20 film simulation packs for Darktable and RawTherapee

In my previous post about photography, I showed you how to get Fuji X-T20 film simulations for Capture One. In this one I will show you the same but for Darktable and RawTherapee. Please note that all these styles are not only compliant with X-T20 but they can be used with all X-TRANS III cameras. RawTherapee Thanks to the amazing job by Stuart Sowerby, our community has now available all currrent Fuji film simulations (Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg Hi, Pro Neg Std, Acros, Acros + Ye, Acros + R, Acros + G, Mono, Mono + Ye, Mono + R, Mono + G and Sepia).
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Fuji X-T20 film simulation pack for Capture One

My journey in digital photograpy started 5 months ago when I bought a Sony A6000. After a lot of searching online trying to find the best Linux RAW editors, I ended up starting learning how to use Darktable and Raw Therapee. 5 months later, two major changes happened: I sold my Sony System ( the A6000 with the kit plus another 3 lenses) for a Fuji X-T20 and I installed Windows (using a KVM virtual machine with PCI passthrough - I will write about it on a separate article) for the first time after many years in order to be able to try some famous RAW editing Windows software.
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How to properly set up your Sony A6000 camera (Part II)

Further to my first post regarding the Sony A6000 configuration, below you will find some additional interesting youtube videos that will help you properly configure various focus settings.

Manual Focus  

 
 

Manual Focus & Eye AutoFocus  

Back Button AutoFocus  

 

Toggle between Autofocus and Manual Focus  

 

I highly suggest you to try the back button autofocus technique, using the AEL button!

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Digital photography webinars for beginners

Being new to the world of digital photography, and after I bought my Sony A6000, I immediately started looking for webinars in order to learn how to shoot in manual mode. Below you will find some suggestions which I believe that can cover all the basic knwoledge needed for a newby to start with photography: Photography: Ditch Auto - Start Shooting in Manual url: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/ This is a free Udemy webinar that covers most of the basic stuff needed.
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Film emulation pack for Darktable

Being completely new to Darktable photo RAW editor, I've done a lot of googling in order to find available resources for this really nice piece of software. I recently found a very interesting github page with presets designed to emulate various well known fim cameras of the past. Based on the information given, the availeable film emulations are the following: Black and White films AGFA APX 100 AGFA APX 25 Fuji Neopan 1600 Fuji Neopan Acros 100 Ilford Delta 100 Ilford Delta 3200 Ilford Delta 400 Ilford FP4 125 Ilford HP5 Plus 400 Ilford XP2 Kodak T-Max 3200 Kodak Tri-X 400 Color Negative films Fuji Pro 160C Fuji Pro 400H Fuji Pro 800Z Fuji Superia 100 Fuji Superia 1600 Fuji Superia 200 Fuji Superia 400 Fuji Superia 800 Fuji Superia HG 1600 Kodak Ektar 100 Kodak Portra 160 Kodak Portra 160 NC Kodak Portra 160 VC Kodak Portra 400 Kodak Portra 400 NC Kodak Portra 400 UC Kodak Portra 400 VC Kodak Portra 800 Color Slide films Fuji Astia 100F Fuji Provia 100F Fuji Provia 400F Fuji Provia 400X Fuji Sensia 100 Fuji Velvia 100 Fuji Velvia 50 Kodak Ektachrome 100 GX Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS Kodak Elite Chrome 400 Kodak Kodakchrome 200 Kodak Kodakchrome 25 Kodak Kodakchrome 64 In order to get these styles you can clone the github repository, or:
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How to properly set up your Sony A6000 camera (Part I)

During my summer holidays, I decided to buy my first digital camera. After a thorough market research, I finally chose one of Sony's best sellers: the Mirorless A6000. Having no idea about all the settings I had to deal with, I started googling for days, wathed various youtube videos, read blog posts, articles etc. Below you will find some of the best videos I found on youtube that helped me customize my A6000 and begin trying to learn how to shoot in manual mode:
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