Pineapple and Her Unique Outfit

Pineapple and Her Unique Outfit, Drink and Click - Austin, Texas

Pineapple and Her Unique Outfit, Drink and Click – Austin, Texas

One of the more interesting people to photograph at a recent Drink and Click was Pineapple, which I’m guessing is her stage name. I’m sure you recognize her from yesterday’s snapshot. Pineapple is an artist who makes elaborate balloon sculptures, often for fancy corporate events. I think she said it took her 6 hours to make this outfit.

No snapshot photography with flash today. I made this portrait with the Fujifilm X-T10 with the Fuji 35mm f1.4 lens. The lighting was courtesy of a giant softbox.

The Fuji X series cameras are known for high-quality JPEGs, and I admit that I do use them from time to time, especially for event photography. For today’s photo, I prefer the slightly tweaked JPEG over the post-processed RAW.

Pineapple and Her Unique Outfit, Drink and Click - Austin, Texas

Pineapple and Her Unique Outfit, Drink and Click – Austin, Texas (RAW)

This is the processed RAW photograph, which looks good. However, I prefer the JPEG version at the top. The skin tones are better, and I like the darker color on the lounge upholstery. Getting RAWs to look as good as JPEGs can be difficult, especially for skin color. Many camera manufacturers, and especially Fujifilm, do a lot of elaborate in-camera processing to make stellar JPEGs.

If you need to recover highlights or open up shadows, RAW works better. Often for landscapes and cityscapes, I post-process RAWs. But, for portraits, I don’t automatically default to the RAW. I compare my post-processing versus the JPEG and pick which I think is better.

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