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RobArtPhoto

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RobArtPhoto Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Apr 2009
Mon 11-Mar-13 04:23 PM

well I Never worked with raw photos always JPG's. and I would like to know how to work with raw photos. is there a site for "OLD" beginners that I can learn from. I'm going to be 70 this year. always thought it would be to hard to work in raw, but I keep seeing where the photos look better when you work from a raw photo.and I would like to make my brain do something a little different.
thank you in advance
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avm247

Rancho Cordova, US
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#1. "RE: working in RAW" | In response to Reply # 0

avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Donor Ribbon. Awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Charter Member
Mon 11-Mar-13 04:46 PM

I like to think of RAW as just another image format, devoid of the incamera processing and compression. WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get. A little simplistic but it works for me.

I use Nikon View NX2 for minor RAW adjustments. I use Nikon Capture 2 for more indepth processing. Once there, I convert to JPEG and post.

But I don't do "serious" corrections. (Not saying I don't want to, I just don't shoot enough or have enough time to really get into post-processing.)


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MEMcD

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#2. "RE: working in RAW" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 11-Mar-13 09:01 PM

Hi Robert,

Nikon Capture NX2 is very easy to use. Unlike third party image editing software, Capture NX2 reads and includes the In Camera settings by default. You then have the option to use the In-Camera settings or change them in the computer as you see fit.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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chesterdawg

Commerce, US
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chesterdawg Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Thu 28-Mar-13 01:17 PM

I prefer working with Adobe Lightroom 4.
Just slide the sliders and see the result.
Working order is logical. You work in modules left to right and top to bottom.

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Sasquatch519

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#4. "RE: working in RAW" | In response to Reply # 0

Sasquatch519 Registered since 26th Mar 2013
Thu 28-Mar-13 02:05 PM

I prefer Lightroom 4. I have also noticed that image processing seems to work much better from RAW than JPEG, so that's why I started shooting it. I just wish it didn't take up so much storage space.

I'm no Lightroom expert yet, but I did get a pretty good idea about how to do some things by watching a few free videos. I just googled "Lightroom 4 Tutorials" and got tons of results. Videos from Adobe were helpful in figuring out how to organize and manage images with Lightroom and some videos from a guy named Serge Ramelli were helpful in showing me some of the possibilities for editing images. I'm sure there are tons of other resources out there, but those were the ones I used.


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pjonesCET

Martinsville, US
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#5. "RE: working in RAW" | In response to Reply # 3

pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Fri 29-Mar-13 02:45 AM

>I prefer working with Adobe Lightroom 4.
>Just slide the sliders and see the result.
>Working order is logical. You work in modules left to right
>and top to bottom.
>
>Steve

I have Aperture and LightRoom (which just I bought) I find Aperture much easier to use. Particularly Focus. Lightroom does one thing that That I bought it for ability to create Web page Photo Albums.

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blw

Richmond, US
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#6. "RE: working in RAW" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sun 31-Mar-13 02:28 PM

It varies by how you learn, but I have found the Luminous Landscape Lightroom tutorials to be quite valuable.

I maintain a thread over in the New to Photography forum about what you can do with post processing. It's this one. Although most of this can be done starting from JPG files, it's definitely better to start from raw, which is what I do.

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pjonesCET

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pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011
Mon 01-Apr-13 09:55 PM

Very good thread definite tell you are a pro.
I have one difference of opinion on the shot of the fellow in concert. You have his face looking bright red as opposed to be natural.

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blw

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#8. "RE: working in RAWI" | In response to Reply # 7

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Tue 02-Apr-13 07:54 AM

Yes, I agree. However, you really can't argue that the shirt looks far better. So I claim that if I had to use that image for publication, I'd redo the editing and apply the same change - but only to the shirt area. I'd do that by applying the green desaturation using the adjustment brush, rather than by doing it as I did in the example, which is applying it globally.

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DinoCardelli

Plantation, US
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#9. "RE: working in RAWI" | In response to Reply # 8

DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010
Tue 02-Apr-13 08:52 AM

My workflow is as follows:

1.) Always shoot in both raw and JPG fine (backup in case the raw has a problem)
2.) I use 4,8,16GB cards and change them often during the shoot to prevent a loss or problem

For processing...

1.) I go to NIKON Transfer and set up files to capture my RAWS on my MAC - I have a directory call RAWS which I bring in the photos off the card. When the Nikon transfer is complete...I then.....
2.) Run a backup to my external harddrive once it goes on to the MAC
3.) From RAW on the MAC I then import to LR4 (yes, I know you can go directly from your card to LR4, but, I just like the extra step of separating the photos to an independent directory and performing an immediate backup.

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