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Old 07-21-2005   #1
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I'm looking into this camera because I've been disappointed with the skin tones from my Nikon D100.

Does anyone have any example pics they can show me, or comment in general on how you like the skin tones?

I understand that Fuji is known for rendering good skin tones. What that means exactly I don't know.

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Old 07-22-2005   #2
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People say its has the Fuji has the best skin tones on the market. Alot of wedding and fashion photographer use it. check out these reviews:

http://www.fujifilm.co.uk/digital/ca...s&nav_link=yes

its the best for image quality if you can't affrod a canon 1ds mk 11

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Old 07-24-2005   #3
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I have been using the S3 for 7 months in and out of studio. I did start way back with the S1 then the S2. I have been real happy with the skin tones. Here are a couple of galleries shot with the S3.

http://www.pbase.com/s1procam/sat_afternoon_

http://www.pbase.com/s1procam/personality

http://www.pbase.com/s1procam/im_her_sister

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Old 07-29-2005   #4
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Skin tones.
Who's? Irish, Caucasian, Blacks, Japanese, Aztec, Spanish, English?
Correct white/gray balance, all strobe heads and adapters the same Color Temp, the right lighting for the skin, and the right ICC profile and color management system all must be imported in the phrase; "Good skin tones"

Yes, the S3 has a "Film Simulation" mode called "F1" which is nothing more than a different gradient giving priority to specular highlights on a face by keeping them on the tone curve below 255 in RGB and a good 1/4tone to midtone contrast for people, as well as unique juxtapositions of the RGB curves which simulate the characteristic curve of Fuji Velvia. So the tone(gradient) and color(curves) are set as long as you're in srgb mode and have the menu D-Range set to wide. Does a good job.

When I earned a living as an electronic prepress systems operator, I always got a laugh from laypeople who thought, now that computers do all the work, anything they sent us they figured all we had to do is press "command print" and their crap would turn out beautiful. The same thinking is projected on DSLR's. Yes Sir/Mam, just set everything to auto and press the shutter button and your pictures will be fantastic.
As a fledgling amateur or advanced amateur or pro, the basics must always be controlled.


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Default Skin tones from S3: very sweet indeed

the S3's greatest strength may lay in its 14 bit AD converter that renders color very sweetly
here are two samples
a young dancer, shot at ISO 800 with theatrical lights, no flash

my dear old Dad in ambient light at ISO 200

the finer cuts of the 14 bit converter makes for more gentle tone transitions that IMHO look far sweeter than the much cruder 12 bit AD converters capture in other cameras
this difference is actually huge as 14 bit equates to 16384 levels as compared to 12 bits equaling 4096 conversion levels
Fuji image processors have more finely hewn data with which to work and while this produces much more data (hence the huge RAW files), it allows for a much higher 8 bit jpg to be derived from the capture
garbage in, garbage out is a computing axiom
the only other camera presently offering > 12 bit AD conversion is the Leica back for the R9 built by Kodak, but I think the jury still out on that one
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You have to stop. You're making me want to try one of these cameras.
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What is/are the white balance settings for these? Are you using Auto WB?
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Default AWB for these & general comments

I always using AWB and correct in PS against a known neutral, either a grey card included in a shot or one of the many known neutrals usually found in the frame
I use ICorrectEdit Pro to simplify the process, but this can be done in PS (or other photoediting software) without much ado as well
I prefer this method to setting a CWB or using one of the presets
light changes from moment to moment and with camera angle as well
AWB usually gets me pretty close
I have a set of saved corrections that I use sometimes for emergencies
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Old 08-02-2005   #9
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Okay all you S3Pro users, especially those who are wedding and people photographers! What camera settings do you find give you the best results? Any advice/recommendations are much appreciated.

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I use AWB and shoot mostly in jpg using org org off AutoDR 12MB Fine
these settings will require a bit of a tweak in PS (I color correct with the PS plugin ICorrectEdit Pro and boost contrast ...less than a minutes work)
shot this way the S3 is very forgiving and the files deep with minimal jpg artifact
I have many samples on my pbase galleries in my *techniques* section along with full resolution crops from a study comparing various capture techniques with RAW
here is a link -------> http://www.pbase.com/artichoke/techniques&page=6
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