Shooting In RAW Part 2 – Getting down to it.
We are now going to take a look at what we can do with a RAW Image, using Basic adjustments and settings.
Set your camera to shoot in RAW, or RAW and JPG if you prefer and are worried about losing the shot (though this is not really necessary and will take up much more memory on your card)
Open your image in your RAW software. This can either be the software that came with your camera or another package. I am going to be using photoshop, but the Basic Adjustment settings should be similar.
This is the RAW image that I will be using for this excercise
In the following image, I have increased the Clarity setting to bring out the detail, and have adjusted the Blacks and Contrast settings to give me the desired effect. I have also added a little fill light to bring out some detail in darker areas.
As you can alredy see, the sharpness and the detail in this image have improved greatly, but the image is still looking very washed out, so I am now going to take a look at the Vibrance and Saturation sliders.
By increasing Saturation in small amounts, and the vibrance in larger amounts, you can really start to bring the image alive.
I chose a particularly poor image to highlight the benefits of these sliders. On your own images, the adjustments may only need to be very subtle.
Take an image, and play around with these sliders, you can see how much difference there is from using just a few small and very quick adjustments.
In part 3, we will look at some of the other basic settings and what they do, I will also explain how the settings we have used today work, to give such rapid results.