The buzz around the web is that Adobe Lightroom does a shitty job with the handling of RAW FujiFilm X-Trans files and that Iridient X-Transformer is the fix. I think it's mostly ignorance from some photographers. Other photographers have taken a "zoom in until you find a difference" approach, testing the software, only to discover that the difference varies very subtlely between photographs and other factors help make the decision.

I think that once an image has been post-processed, then downsized and compressed for the web - most photographs are being shared online via blogs, Instagram, Facebook, etc. - that there's very little practical difference. If you are a professional photographer, aka someone whose source of income is photography, who must produce the best technical image, the difference may be of concern to you. However, if you are a photographer, professional or amateur, for whom the technical bits of photography is not the main point, then I think you must do whatever produces the results you want, even if it's the SOOC JPEG.

I've visited many art and photography galleries in my lifetime. I don't recall anyone suggesting that I use a pair of binoculars or a magnifying glass so that I could better appreciate the work.

The featured image in this blog post is a FujiFilm X-T2 RAF post-processed in Adobe Lightroom. I made adjustments to exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, vibrancy, and saturation. I left the sharpening and noise reduction at the Adobe Lightroom defaults.

JPEG from Lightroom Enhanced Details DNG | Aunt Molly Road, Hopewell Township | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
JPEG from Iridient X-Transformer DNG created with Smoother RAW Process | Aunt Molly Road, Hopewell Township | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
JPEG from RAF | Aunt Molly Road, Hopewell Township | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
JPEG from Iridient X-Transformer DNG created with More Detailed RAW Process | Aunt Molly Road, Hopewell Township | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Iridient X-Transformer Settings
Iridient X-Transformer Settings
Iridient X-Transformer Settings

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Photos for Mac isn’t a long term photo library option – Colin Devroe by an author (cdevroe.com)

If you want to use iCloud Photo Library to sync your photos between devices, and even use it as a way to have a full backup of your photos, I suppose you can. However, after doing that for a few years and then wanting to move away from it – I would not recommend Photos on Mac or iCloud Photo Library as a long term photo library solution.

I've been advising friends and family about this for years. I switched from iPhoto (what Photos used to be) to Adobe Lightroom several years ago. The Adobe Lightroom CC mobile app syncs my iPhone photos (over cellular or Wi-Fi) via Adobe's Creative Cloud back to the Adobe Lightroom CC app. My backup software, CrashPlan, takes care of the rest.

I know some people will be bothered by Adobe's and CrashPlan subscription but ... isn't iCloud a subscription service?