RAW or JPG. Rise of a fallen photographer

Been a long time since my latest written post but many things came along. I people knew me as “theitalianphotograper” but, especially in Italy, for my “ApertureFocus Blog” as the only Italian Apple Aperture resource. Unfortunately everyone knows what happen to that amazing piece of software and my interest in updating a blog without future slowly disappeared.

I had a breakdown in photography creativity, I didn’t feel the need to use my camera anymore.

Many things happen in the mean time in my life and I turned off my camera for a while. Actually for a long time even if photography has been always part of me. I didn’t stop to read and visit events and exhibitions but nothing more then that. I had a breakdown in photography creativity, I didn’t feel the need to use my camera anymore.
Eventually I move to London and I packed my laptop (that decide to die after a really short period), iPad, clothes of course and my camera. At that time I had my beloved Pentax K5 that I used to take most of photos on my Portfolio and I thought a new place would been the best way to get back in the field but soon I realised I was completely wrong.

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England. I used my Pentax k5 with LEE filters. shooter in RAW and develop in Aperture.
But things where about to change or at least a was going to get back interest, desire and creativity in taking pictures. I took part in London where I live now since 2013 to a Fuji day where I had the pleasure to meet some interesting photographers and also I had the chance to touch and see the Fuji X-Pro. The be honest the event was related to the new X-T1.

Two years ago I decided  to sell my whole Pentax system and I bought a Fuji X-Pro 1. I started again to take some pictures to get used to the camera and the system but shortly I realised that, even if I was (and I’m) in love with the camera and the challenge the rangefinder was bringing to me was interesting, wasn’t enough. I was still lacking in interest and joy that was before taking pictures. I didn’t understand the problem yet.

That’s it. That’s the turning point of everything. I discover the Fuji Film Simulation Mode and I got it, I could be creative again without worry to spent time with RAW file.

At some point and I didn’t remember why, I started to take photos in RAW+JPG and I casually discover something that I know was there already but never been interested in because for me photography was always been RAW and then my laptop with Aperture to develop them. But eventually I got it. I didn’t want to spent time on my Mac anymore to develop them, I wanted to use just my iPad. That’s it. That’s the turning point of everything. I discover the Fuji Film Simulation Mode and I got it, I could be creative again without worry to spent time with RAW file.

I always been the first to say RAW is best but in this time of reflecting, thinking and testing I realise that I’m a photographer first of all and I want to focus on my photography and the creativity that goes with it. JPG processed from the camera reflected what I was thinking at that “exact” moment I took it. Everything becomes a matter of what I wanted to say with them, what I wanted people see in them. I’m not bother anymore of RAW to look for every single pixel that a sensor might capture. I want to create emotion with my photography either landscape or street photography.

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Brighton. JPG with Film Simulation JPG. This is what I saw and what I wanted to express.
My 2017 will be the year of the switch to JPG. I’m planning to still shoot RAW+JPG to save the flat backup but slowly to keep consistency with this long post I will rid of them at the end. My new photography life will be base all on mobile devices and my camera. If you will interested in my workflow I will make a post for it with pleasure.

This is not a kind of post RAW is wrong go JPG. Not at all I know what you can get more from them. This is a story of the rise of a fallen photographer thank to Fuji and its Film Simulation. Thank you for the patience if end and hope you did enjoy the story. Speak soon. M