A number of Photographers have emailed asking about the processing used on my X-T1 / 14mm lens macro image to enhance the bokeh with some wondering if I had used any Photoshop processing on the image.
Firstly the image is testament to the quality of RAW files from the X-T1 and actually the processing is all entirely Lightroom 5. I should explain that if you check the EXIF for the image it looks as if the photograph was captured on the Fujifilm X-E2 but it was in fact, captured using the Fujifilm X-T1. At the point of writing Adobe Lightroom doesn’t yet support X-T1 RAW files so I used used EXIF editor to change the camera from X-T1 to X-E2.
Wide Angled Macro Photography?
To be honest I hadn’t ever considered attempting any sort of close-up photography using a wide angled lens, and although this isn’t a necessarily a true macro I was able to get pretty close to the Fungi (thanks to the flip out screen on the X-T1) and capture the little insect underneath.
In terms of processing I am using a customised version of the FixelPix Vintage Autumn Lightroom Preset (also free). This version has a number of subtle yet significant differences to enhance this nature macro image. This preset is literally the processing I carried out on the original RAW X-T1 file.
Please note that every photograph is different and this free Lightroom preset might not have the same immediate impact on every image but it should offer a great starting pointing for enhancing nature photographs. I would advise starting with saturation and clarity as the first port of call for adjustments. It should also be noted that presets are not a magic wand and what happens at the camera stage is the most important aspect of image capture if you are learning the art of photography.