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My Workflow- After the fun of taking photos.

I really enjoy taking photos, and I know this the main 'fun" part for Jill also.
But I also enjoy a modicum of post-production work, and I also know how important a good cataloguing and archival system is with digital photography.

So, when Adobe Lightroom made its first appearance as a Beta product back in 2006, I decided to put all my "eggs in the basket" and use Lightroom as my only archival, indexing and post production tool of choice.

I do, very occasionally "mess around" with Photoshop, and NIK software, but for the most part, all of my post capture work uses Lightroom.

I do very little "hard core" post production, I mostly concentrate on straightening, cropping, tone adjustments, and where necessary, cloning out unsightly blemishes.

Step 1- Importing Photos This is probably the most important step. I have two separate LR catalogues, one for Jill's images and one for mine. When we get back from a shoot, I immediately insert the SD card f…

Jill's Panasonic Lumix GX9

When I initially persuaded Jill to take up photography as a serious hobby, I bought her a Canon EOS 400 DSLR with the standard kit lens. She loved this camera and quickly became quite proficient with it.

For a variety of reasons I was able to upgrade to the Canon 40D with the venerable 24-105 "L Series" lens.

For a couple of years she never took this lens of her camera, and she took all sorts of photos (mainly of trees!). She loved the flexibility of the zoom lens, we both enjoyed the picture quality from the Canon sensor and lens combination, and she became reasonably adept at shooting in aperture priority mode.

But after a while she fell out of love with the weight of this combo and so we started out on the "slippery slope" of trying to find the "ideal" mirrorless system!!!

So in 2009 I bought her a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with two Panasonic kit lenses.

This was certainly light compared to the Canon!

...But, in truth we were both rather disappointed with th…

Hong Kong and the Fuji X Pro2 System

So having shot exclusively on the Sony RX1Rii during the middle leg of my recent month long holiday, I thought I would try the same trick and learn the in's and out's of the Fuji system by shooting exclusively on this during the final Hong Kong leg of our trip.

For the purposes of this evaluation my system comprised the Fuji XPro2, together with the "kit" lens 18-55MM (2.8-4.0) and the 16mm F1.4 lens.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the Fuji system differs from the Sony in that it allows for interchangeable lenses, and this interchangeability, in theory, allows for greater flexibility in shot composition etc.
And that is exactly the case. 
I have to say however, whilst I was very pleased with the Fuji, for a weary traveller, the Sony was much more pleasant to use, simply because it is smaller, lighter and less cumbersome because there is no need to carry round extra lenses. I know I could have carried the Fuji with just one lens, but then that kind of defeats the…