Jpeg processing with the Pen F

he last two quick posts were shot with the Pen F in jpeg.

The colour setting s were a little towards the saturated end, but not overly. What the camera produced was slightly dark (I tend to expose darker), Fuji Velvia style files. The Fuji cameras have the "correct" algorithms, but the Olympus files have very much the same punchy colour and ability to hold both warm and cool colours in the same file, something Kodachrome struggled with.

The processing was almost as quick and as much fun as the taking.

Loading up was quick silver and the files played nicely, but were really pretty close to perfect as was. I will have to learn to trust the camera more. The exposures were a little on the dark side, because that was what I set out of habit with the EM5's (-1/3 to 2/3 usually, -1 occasionally). I will have to say, the jpeg files from the Pens hold highlights almost as well as the RAW files from the EM5's and expose more accurately as a rule. Up to -2 exposures can be retrieved from EM5 files, so I tend to lean that way, but the Pen gives less trouble with exposure and up to a full stop either way is fine for any needed fixes.


The original OOC jpeg. A little dark, but fine for most uses and very natural.

The original OOC jpeg. A little dark, but fine for most uses and very natural.

A little push.

A little push.

The processing was limited to;

Some cropping.

Boosting exposure about +1 and a little added global contrast and clarity (I backed off the clarity a bit as it made the nice bokeh look a little less smooth). Some brush work over the in focus leaves with about +10-15 contrast, clarity and sharpness. A tiny bit of vignetting. White balance was excellent, allowing the exposure adjustment to warm the image up, but a added a little yellow anyway.

Reducing the saturation just slightly. It looks pretty much as it did with brilliant, low angle sun light bouncing around light coloured walls and a little overcast acting as a giant soft box and freshly rained on leaves, but that was easier to swing in the days of film, now everyone assumes you pushed the saturation slider through the roof.

The whole process too about 2-3 minutes. 

I usually liked the Fuji jpegs, but sometimes they were over the top or the wrong setting had been chosen. They were all quite different, meaning you spent a lot of time choosing or shooting RAW and changing in camera. I really like the Olympus ones and feel they are more flexible, generally what I want and "deeper" looking.