I was shooting my D200 at a convention this week in San Francisco, and yesterday was given the assignment of a last minute need for a portrait using someone elses CF card so they could take it right to print. Because I could not do any post processing, I elected to change the Optimize Image setting to "Portrait". Well, here's my problem.....I didn't change it back, and proceeded to shoot 300 more pictures all set to Portrait. In this environment, we shoot JPG because of the need to turn over the images quickly.
What is the best way to batch "fix" my screw up???
Do I just sharpen and increase contrast, or what?
Any shortcuts around my screwup would be appreciated!!!!
I should add that I usually choose the Custom setting set to:
+2 image sharpening 0 Tone Comp Color Mode I Saturation Normal 0 Hue Adj.
I assume by using portrait you are talking about the settings as per the custom settings spreadhseet.
If so, then firstly I don't think there is going to be too much difference between what you have for the additional 300 shots at what you would have achieved with either the point-n-shoot, lansdcape or action settings.
A test print will give you the best way to judge whether you need to batch them and increase the saturation, contrast and sharpening for example (by print, I mean a test at whatever the final output device is, whether that is a printer, screen, etc.).
What I would be more concerned about is the shots you took and just handed over for print. If you were shooting using the standard settings off the spreadsheet, then I'm assuming you were shooting with AdobeRGB as the color space.
I hope the printer can handle AdobeRGB and print them as they should. Otherwise if it assumes they were shot in sRGB, the prints will look flat and washed out. Not something either you or your client would appreciate.
There are several freeware conversion programs available on the web that will do a good job of batch converting the original JPGs to JPGs or other format of image file with the color, tone, and sharpness modifications that you desire. I especiallly like FastStone Viewer. http://www.faststone.org/index.htm It is free, it allows you to retain the last image changing values like change in contrast, gamma, brightness, RGB, etc. You can "tweak" one image to achieve your desired results and then batch process the rest with the same settings. Save as JPG with 98%-100% and you should see little or no image quality loss. Similar freeware tools like IrfanView http://www.irfanview.com and XnView http://www.xnview.com work quite well at this also, depending on the speed needed and the amount of work you want done in the batch conversion. You can set them to convert into new files in another directory and not overwrite the originals. I've used all 3 with very good results.
"... you see, but you do not observe." - Sherlock Holmes
Sounds like a good reason to shoot RAW (+jpeg). That's what I do and when I screw up I can tweak the RAW file to correct things. Most of the time I just use the jpeg since it's quicker and easier. I got an 8Gb card and it works just fine. Using compressed RAW I can get 500-600 RAW+jpeg on it.
Hi, Don't panic....if your client likes your shots then shut up and say thanks when they pay you!! If not then try to download a trial of CS3.....Open your files in Bridge buy double clicking and it should open in Camera RAW. You can tweak and batch process to your hearts content.
OR try to download a copy of Capture NX and try those tweaks.......
That should fix what is broken in color and tint.......The Camera RAW will tweak JPEGS like a nef now. Good luck...
Actually you do: Shooting menu / Optimize Image / Portrait. However I think there a more sophisticated way to have a setting for portraits and another for for examle sport. In Shooting menu / Shooting menu bank you can dedicate on of the four banks for portraits. In that bank, go to Optimize image /Custom and make specific setting that you prefer for portraits. And remember to switch bank when you change to sport! That seems to be the problem for many of us, I also tend to forget.