Pages for Black and White with the Fuji X-Series
- Settings for Great Black and White with the Fuji X100s – Part I (here)
- Settings for Great Black and White with the Fuji X100s – Part II
UPDATES at the bottom.
I keep reading about some great photographers around that have used the Fuji X100s to shoot black and white. My initial impression was that the contrast was too low for black and white straight out of the camera. Those of you that have been reading here know that one of the best attributes of the X100s, IMHO, is the ability to use the JPEG files from the camera with little to no alteration. I have gotten some great black and white shots, but I’m looking to get them more consistently in a variety of lighting situations. This will take practice for sure.
So, I stumbled across a wedding photographer and he uses a setting that I found odd, but I think I like. He uses the Black and White setting of the X100s, but uses the Red filter instead of yellow. In my long black and white experience, I have used a yellow and light green filter more than any other kind. I like the contrast enhancement of the yellow and I like the brightening of the green leaves on foliage with the green filter. I reserve the red filter for special occasions few and far between. See these shots below, though, that use the Black and White – Red mode. I’ll spend some time updating you with the other settings as I get comfortable with them – sharpening, highlights, etc. As always, click on the image for a larger view.
Since posting this, I’ve received my new Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the complement of three fixed focal length Fuji lenses – 18mm, 35mm and 60mm. Based on my experience with the X100s, I couldn’t pass up the whopping $800 savings to get everything together (See B&H Photo). In any case, I spent an evening shooting photos of my children eating dinner at Nothin’ but Noodles.
Suffice it to say that I’m no longer sure how much I like the Black and White Red mode, or the method of metering exposures that I was using. My favorite after only a few hours with the X-Pro 1 is the Black and White Yellow mode, which I alluded to above was my expectation anyway.
I’ve fiddled with the sharpness, noise, highlights, shadows and several other settings. I have it close, but not quite out of the camera perfect yet. I’ll be shooting both of these Fuji bodies next week in a National Park way out of the mainstream path. When that’s done, I’ll post some results and a complete list of custom profiles I used. We can start from there….
Thanks for being patient.