Following some research and comments on our YouTube channel we decided to take a look at Iridient Developer.
There are a lot of reviews out there about Iridient Developer and how it treats Fuji X-Trans RAW files compared to the likes of Lightroom. We, to be honest, hadn’t pixel peeked to much on our images, we thought they were sharp enough with the beautiful Fuji X primes, but how wrong we were. The X-Trans sensor has a different layout when it comes to pixels and Adobe doesn’t quite manage as well to interpret this layout to bring out the best in the RAW images; in steps Iridient.
We have yet to fully play with everything Iridient Developer offers; our main focus was seeing what it offered from a Fuji X shooters perspective. We made a video, literally minutes after using Iridient, on our YouTube channel to show what we found, you can see the video here:
We went for a walk around our local village and the image in the shot used in the video and as below, is from that walk. Its nothing special, but we chose it to show the detail of sharpness you can achieve with Iridient over normal Lightroom processing, this is a 2:1 crop, normal Lightroom processing on the left, the Iridient processing on the left:
We think even from this simple screen grab you can see the difference in sharpness and quality of the Iridient image.
We go through on the video the simple process we put the RAF file through with Iridient, but in a nut shell we open the RAF file; open the ‘File’ menu and hit ‘Batch Process Selected Image(s)’:
This will pop our RAF file through Iridient’s magic and produce a VERY LARGE TIFF file within the original folder, we file this helpful, as we then just go to Lightroom and re-sync the folder. The TIFF file for the image above went from a 50MB RAF file to 144MB file. As you can imagine, to do this to every image post a wedding say, would be silly, your storage requirements would be insane. We see Iridient coming in use with those images you plan to print large, the ‘money shots’ from weddings etc.
We don’t see Iridient as a replacement for Lightroom, there simply isn’t the workflow power within it, Lightroom will win here, and its editing powers thereon; that said, we have edited quickly within Iridient and the results were lovely. The TIFF files from Irideint appear to have better colours as well. We look forward to playing with the software more and more and hopefully find some more nice snippets for Fuji X-Trans shooters.
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Nathan & Ben
The Photography Team