I have been shooting RAW + JPEG with my Fujifilm X-T3 for a while now, and I absolutely love the colors that I get from the built-in film simulations in the JPEG files. I have all the original raw files saved as well, in the hopes that someday I might want to refer back to them.
What I would really like to do is find a raw editing program (probably either Darktable or RawTherapee) that would allow me to open up the Fujifilm raw files, and quickly get to a starting point that looks like the JPEG images that the camera generates.
I have made a few attempts at this, but haven’t even gotten close.
Most of my attempts so far have been with Darktable. I’m not totally committed to either program (they both look nice, and are open source). At this point, I’d probably just want to use the one that could actually help me best achieve my goal of getting the colors to match the JPEGs.
I am using Ubuntu Linux. My experiments with Darktable were conducted with the Darktable version that comes with Ubuntu (20.04), which is a 3.x version, and also Darktable 4.2.0 from the official Flatpak release.
The first thing I tried was just loading the raw files directly, and seeing what Darktable did with them. I have also tried loading the Fujifilm LUTs v8 file from @bastibe, and also tried loading the LUTs made available by Stuart Sowerby on the web. Since the Darktable styles link on his web site no longer works, I tried using the RawTherapee LUTs in Darktable instead.
Finally, I also tried loading raw files in RawTherapee, and tried loading some LUTs in there.
In all cases, I end up with a situation where I see an image that bears a resemblance to the JPEG, but with colors that don’t look as nice, and exposure values that look different. I understand that raw processing is more flexible than using JPEGs (I only shot raw back in the Canon DSLR days).
Has anyone managed to set up a workflow with Fujifilm cameras and open source raw processing software that replicates the Fujifilm colors? Or should I just stick with the JPEGs?
I’m adept with Linux, command-line operations, writing software, and all of that. I believe that someone out there has figured this out. But so far, everything I have tried has not worked.
I would love to hear from anyone who has gotten a Fujifilm raw editing workflow set up with colors that aren’t disappointing. I’m probably just missing a step somewhere…
Many thanks in advance!