So i made this little guide on how to process your raw files, since it looks like not meny on this forum knows the advantages of shooting in raw format. Hope this helps someone. I have learned this just by testing what everything makes, so if someone has something to add please tell.
Why shoot in raw format? Better question would be that why let your camera to process the raw files into jpg, when u can do it yourself and make the pics look the way you want them. Raw processing gives you way more flexibility on making the pics the way you like than on jpg files.
Im using photoshop cs3 for processing my pics, but i think other programs have atleast most of the same adjustments that photoshop does. Im shooting with raw + small jpg, so i can choose the picture i want more easilly from the jpgs. Opening raw files you need to open them in photoshop, so its way easier to choose the image for processing from jpgs using windows picture viewer(or similar on macs).
This is what jpg of this picture looks like straight from the camera:
And lets start the processing. I do it step by step, so you can see how different adjustments show in the picture.
When you open the raw file in ps it opens in this kind of screen:
Camera makes quick processing on the file, like white balance and tint, but not as much as for jpg. These are the base setting where u start the processing, tint and white balance differs on pictures depending what your camera set them.
First i start by adjusting the white balance, this case i think the pic needs more warmer colors. This is the result: This post was edited by Antichrist- on Nov 15 2008 07:41pm