Many of the comments I’ve received have been wondering if there’s a way to get close to the output of Iridient Developer or Photo Ninja using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Surprisingly, the answer is almost. I’ve been working on this for a while now and I believe that by combining Lightroom and a little bit of Photoshop you can get close. The advantage of this is that you can get clean and organic looking results without having to learn a new piece of software, and by using the droplet as a plug-in approach I blogged about last week, you don’t even have to leave Lightroom.
Iridient Developer really does do the best job at rendering Fujifilm files, but the software is really clunky. Fitzergerald has a really complicated approach. I finish 99% of my Fujifilm files in Lightroom, but if I feel I am missing something that should be there, I won’t hesitate to use Iridient.