Fuji RAF files have been long plagued by sharpening "worms" when using the Camera Raw algorithms for processing. At first glance the files look lovely, but when you apply any form of zoom to check and correct sharpness, the dreaded wormy artifacts appear. Many people have suggested using other raw processors, such as Capture One Pro, Irident etc, but if you've already committed to Creative Cloud this is not the best option. Many other people have suggested instead using Photoshop's sharpening filters to add sharpness. Nothing I am about to say is new or has been discovered by myself, this is just me looking into the different options and deciding (based on my own opinion) which is the best for me.
A couple of months ago I shot some images for a local school's Open Evening advertising. I had an eager bunch of bright eyed year 7 pupils, new to the school (it was their first week!) to act as models in various situations in the Science department. The images had to be bright, interesting and showing the pupils enjoying their time in "lessons".
So today I found out that an image I took last summer on the Isle of Skye has made it all the way through the various rounds of #OPOTY and I have made the book. I'm so thrilled at this achievement, and completely surprised! What was more surprising was discovering that my image was one of 18 featured on the Guardian website......which is crazy!
As an amateur photographer, who can't always find that much time to make images, this is quite a humbling achievement, and I am actually pretty proud of myself. I hope you also like the image that made it's way into the book. It will be hard buying just one copy.....!