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.
I'm lazy. I try to automate routine repetitive tasks. For photo blogging, one task that I performed repeated was export images to upload to WordPress. My workflow used to be, export sized image to disk, upload the image to WordPress, optimize the image with a WordPress plugin, and then edit the image caption for use later in a post. It was tedious.
To make this work, you'll need Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Automattic' WordPress plugin, Jeffrey Friedl's “Metadata Wrangler” Export Filter, and JPEGmini Pro Suite. The requirements assume you're running macOS Mojave. I don't use Windows. For me, Linux is a server OS. I also assume that all the required software is installed already including Jeffrey Friedl's filters and presets, JPEGmini Pro Suite, Adobe Lightroom. Jeffrey Friedl has excellent instructions on how to install and use his “Metadata Wrangler” Export Filter on his website. You'll need WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress with Jetpack installed.
Setup for the JPEGmini Pro plugin is complete once it's installed. There are no settings. Setup and configuration for Automattic's WordPress plugin can be found on my earlier post. JetPack is a requirement for this to work. I don't think it's necessary to repeat all the steps here. Setup and configuration for “Metadata Wrangler” Export Filter are the same as in my earlier post on the topic.
From the export preset window, add the JPEGmini and Meta Wrangler post-process actions to the export preset.
I set the title of the image in Adobe Lightroom before I export the image. Upon export, the template set the image caption by appending the title information along with image specific information.
Upper Buttermilk Falls along the Gorge Trail, Ithaca, New York — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR — (16 mm, f/16, ISO200)
While the specific setup I use if for WordPress if I used Jekyll or Hugo or some other static site generator, my image file export to disk workflow would work well for that purpose. It's similar to the preset above, except the images are export to disk. In fact, exporting images from my Adobe Lightroom catalogue to disk, to WordPress, to Instagram, to email etc. is all done with variations of this export preset. The only thing that changes is the export destination.
I name, size, caption, optimize, and export my image files directly to WordPress using this Lightroom export preset. It's one step - right-click, then select the export preset.
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?