Processing RAW Images

Processing RAW Images

Processing RAW Images

In the first place, processing Raw images for me is about doing this in a set way. As a result, after uploading my images to the computer I open up Photoshop bridge. In bridge, I open the file and then pick the first image for processing.

Picture of Photoshop ACR Processing RAW Images

Therefore, the first task is to correct any lens distortion. In this case, to do this I pick on the lens corrections icon (5 from the right). By the same token, next, tick the remove chromatic aberrations and enable profile correction boxes.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing lens correction Processing RAW Images

In the same fashion, the next icon selected is the detail icon (eight from the right). In this case, I look at the three sharpening sliders. Accordingly, move the amount to 50, the detail to 18, and the masking as desired. In this case, by holding down the alt key and moving the slider. As a result, you are looking for a sharp outline.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing Sharpening and Noise adjustments Processing RAW Images

In addition, if you are using a high ISO (800 over) you may want to move the noise reduction sliders. Therefore, I find that putting them all in the middle is normally good enough. By the same token, this turns the graining (noise) down in the image.

Processing Raw Images Select all images

Specifically, at this stage, I select all the images. I then highlight them all, right-click and sync them all. You can then work on each image or a batch of images as you go.

In contrast, now the meaty work begins.

Basic Icon

In the first place for processing Raw images, click on the basic icon (first on the left).

In this case look at the histogram at the top of the page are the triangles black? When the triangle show as black this indicates the image as perfectly exposed.

Accordingly, if they are red, green or yellow you will need to do some adjustments.

To make adjustments my preference is to start at the top and work down in the following process.

Profile

If you have created a colour profile then find this from the choice available. If not then use one of the options available.

White Balance (Temperature)

You can either click on a white article in the picture or if you used one a grey card. In general, this will set your white balance.

Tint

Move the tint slider only if you think you need to. In other words, moving the slider to the right adds red into the image. In like manner, but to the left adds green into the image. For this reason, hopefully, you won’t have to move it.

Exposure

Slide this to either brighten or darken the image.

Contrast

As a matter of fact, by moving this to the right you weaken the image, push left and you strengthen.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing Exposure and contrast adjustments

Processing Raw images Highlight and Whites

Consequently, the next four are related to the triangles in the histogram at the top. As mentioned before if they are red, yellow or green you need to move the sliders.

These sliders affect the triangle on the right when a colour shows (not black) move this to the left. In this case, by moving this slider you will see that the image loses some of its brightness. You only need to use the slider until the triangle changes to black. You might also find that this works together with the whites button. As a result, between the two you will get an image that looks better and right.

Shadows.

By the same token, if you move this slider to the right the shadows will brighten.

Blacks

For one thing, this slider works with the left triangle in the histogram. As a result, if a colour shows (not black) you move the slider to the right to blacken the image. Consequently, as you move the slider the triangle will change colour. You need this black also.

In particular, moving the slider to the right does not resolve the triangle change to black, move contrast/saturation left. For this reason, a word of warning DON’T OVERDO IT.

Clarity

This slider either softens (left) or makes the image harsh (right). In general, beware if your subject is female, too much to the right will not do justice.

Dehaze

In general, the best advice with this slider is that you use it on landscapes.

Vibrance

Likewise, this slider controls the vibrancy of the colours similar in operation to the tint slider. In particular, this weakens or strengthens the colour vibrancy.

Saturation for processing Raw images

In this case, the slider controls the saturation in the picture of the colours. In this case, move to the left the colours completely disappear to Black and White. Consequently, moving to the right you will add more saturated colour.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing Highlights Shadows Whites and Black adjustments

Advice for Processing Raw Images

Equally important, for processing Raw images with all of the sliders be careful. Don’t overuse it, the eye will tell you when the amount of movement is right. If you are a novice or not sure then try it. In general, note your starting points by writing the settings down and then play with the sliders. Once you’re happy with the result you can save the image (done) or open it in photoshop. This leads on to another blog for the future.

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