Art of RAW Conversion: How to Produce Art-Quality Photos by Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

By Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

The uncooked dossier structure utilized by electronic cameras is basically the uncooked info digicam captures whilst it takes a photograph. uncooked records enable the electronic photographer to edit and manage their pictures with much less facts loss than in different dossier codecs (such as JPEG). there are lots of uncooked conversion instruments, and it's usually a good suggestion to exploit multiple to get optimum results.

The Art of uncooked Conversion exhibits electronic photographers how one can paintings with the uncooked records generated via a camera to supply the very best photo caliber in complete images. The authors (both specialists in electronic images, dossier processing, printing, and colour administration) describe the conversion instruments used to reinforce uncooked records and maximize picture caliber. All concepts lined are in response to functional adventure and defined with step by step directions, in order that readers could be capable of follow what they study and create their very own superb art-quality photos. Covers Adobe Photoshop CS and different major uncooked converters.

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There are a couple of white balance correction techniques: Chapter 3: Basic RAW workflow 3-14 r Gray balance by clicking on a neutral spot in the photo r White balance correction controls – Color temperature and tint l Figure 3-12: White balance in Adobe Camera Raw – Warmer/colder control lFigure 3-13: White balance in Capture One lFigure 3-14: White balance Colder/Warmer interface in RawShooter. ) r White balance as shot in camera r Auto white balance Note: Some RAW converters have a single color temperature slider (measured in Kelvin).

In this case, the highlights may be lost and recovery is not possible (though there are some techniques to estimate lost highlight). There is help which only the digital cameras can provide: The cameras provide a way to view the result of the last photograph taken and show a histogram of the grayscale values from 0 (black) to 255 (white). Here are four histograms examples (created in Photoshop) that show different characteristics and show histogram basics. There is only a small spike in the highlights and it very much depends on the photo whether this might be a problem or not.

If a camera shows noise-like grains of “salt and pepper” then this is very positive, as we all are accustomed to this grain from our film-based experience. Note: Stay at low ISO whenever possible and use a tripod! If you need to use a higher ISO, try to improve such photos by using top-class noise removal tools (see Noise reduction at chapter 7). 2 Camera to computer: enter the digital darkroom Once back from the field with memory cards and/or digital wallets filled, it is time to transfer these files to your computer.

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