Speed up Lightroom with Fuji Files – that’s a topic that comes up a LOT on the Facebook group for Wedding Photographers shooting Fuji that I run.

It came up again just the other day and I spent time explaining the ways that I try to optomise Lightroom for Fuji X-Trans RAW files.

The very talented Gmk Gusmank also suggested to the group members some of tips I’m sharing in this video cast below.

The video is only nine minutes or so long and you may well already be aware of some of the tips.

Many of these ideas have been mentioned in lots of other places of course, but they definitely make a big impact.

Speed up Lightroom with Fuji Files:

I discuss the following:

  • Compressed Raw files with the Fuji X-Pro2
  • Using SSD drives
  • Understanding the Camera Raw Cache (size and configuration)
  • The XMP Metadata Saving options
  • Using Smart-Previews to really speed up your overall editing time

As usual, any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.


Oh, and don’t forget to check out my last remaining Fuji X-Photography workshop which is in Paris in September.

If you found the video useful, you might also be interested in and introductory video I recorded about Fuji X-Pro2 Support in Adobe Lightroom CC earlier in the year.

An update on my use of the Fuji X-70

You’ll remember from my last post:  Being British with the X70 & WCL-X70 that I’ve really found the X70 to be a jewel in the crown of the Fuji system.  If only X70 was released instead of the X-M1 all those years back…… ;-).  Anyway, I’ve subsequently been using it sporadically at weddings too and more and more street shooting of course.

I’ll be updating my X70 adventures here very shortly.

As ever, please feel free to share this on social media – it does help and I’ll answer any questions too of course.
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  • Jermaine

    Great video Kevin. Not sure if you’re aware, but your RAFs show some metadata on lens focal length. Hope that’s not an issue, especially around the 7 minute mark for 2264.RAF.

    • Its the standard EXIF you get from a MF lens. The Metadata is not passed to the camera. In this case, its a Samyang 12mm f2 lens.

      You aren’t the first to mention it though.

      I would adore it if Fuji produced an f1 50mm lens but I don’t think even the good folks there are that advanced (yet 😉 ).

  • Thank you, Kevin, for the video. I’m just wondering where can I found the ‘RAW’ folder on a Mac.

    • Sorry Suryo – I’ve never used a Mac 🙁

    • Mark Griffiths

      You won’t find a RAW folder on your Mac as that is what Kevin called his folder as an example.
      The default name for the folder will be the date of the photographs were taken.

      To find your folder do the following:
      – In the library module, right click (or two finger press on trackpad) an image that you’d like to edit.
      – select “go to folder in library”, on the left hand side of the screen you should now see the containing folder for that image.
      – right click (two finger press for trackpad) on the folder which is now highlighted in the left hand folders panel
      – select “show in finder”

      This will now open a finder window and highlight the folder containing that image. You can rename this folder as Kevin describes in the video.

  • Mark Griffiths

    Great tips, I shoot RAW for client work but for personal work I shoot JPG. Is it worth using smart previews for these too?


    • It would still work Mark but possibly not worth the effort for JPEGs.

  • Do you have to break the link between LR and the folder where you are keeping your RAW files in order for LR to use the smart previews? Is it possible to ask LR to favour smart previews in pref to RAWs without this extra step? The tip works really well, I’m just wondering if there is a way of streamlining it. I would guess that breaking the link means that LR won’t be updating your XMP files for the duration of your editing session (and until you reconnect them). Do you know if LR allows for the use of use of a scratch disk à la PS to speed up the cache even more?

    The idea of only rendering minimal previews on import if you are also using smart previews hadn’t occurred to me and is a great idea…

    Thanks for all the great work on the site. I have been moving further and further towards an all Fuji setup for my portrait and reportage work and am now fully committed with a pair of X-Pro2s. Your website has been a really excellent resource and your extended post on shooting weddings with Fujis has influenced a lot of my ‘best practice’ decisions.

    Thank you.

    • I believe you do need to break the link physically. I maybe wrong, and if someone else knows they may comment here. LR doesn’t use scratch disks lik PS as far as I know.

      • Eric (Japan)

        Hi Kevin. Yes you need to break it, therefore the best to do here is storing the RAW file on an external hard disk / NAS while the catalog + previews + smart previews are on an (internal) SSD. No the same disk. Works wonder for me too (OS + Lightroom on one SSD, catalog on another SSD and RAW on external hard disk).


    Thank you , Kevin!
    Wooooowww! It takes the misery out of editing when you use a relatively slow computer like my laptop!