How do you process RAW images?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Rainbow Girl Sue, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. I just got the Canon Rebel XT - my first digital camera. I'm trying to
    figure out the best way to process the RAW images. I have the software that
    came with the Canon and Photoshop CS2. Should I make any adjustments in the
    RAW image? If so, which software should I use? Do I then convert to a tif to
    work in Photoshop? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Rainbow Girl Sue, Aug 17, 2005
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  2. Rainbow Girl Sue

    Mike Warren Guest

    Developer -> stop bath -> fixer -> wash -> dry. :)
    I load the files straight into CS2 using the Adobe Raw 3.1 plug-in but
    others prefer the output of other converters.

    -Mike
     
    Mike Warren, Aug 17, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    You should buy "Real World Camera RAW" by Bruce Fraser. I bought it a
    while ago when I got Photoshop CS and it was tremendously helpful
    getting started. I would use CS2 for everything, that way you can do
    your RAW conversion and any editing using the same application. I
    would probably expect to save any images that I have worked on in PSD
    (photoshop) format. As far as adjustments, it depends on your taste
    and the image you're working on. Anyway, the book is really helpful,
    someone on this group suggested I get it and I am glad I did. There is
    also a lot of data out there on the web - there might be something on
    adobe support about using ACR...

    Brian
     
    Brian, Aug 17, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    If you've got CS2, just make sure you have the latest version of Camera
    Raw (3.1, I believe) downloaded and installed.

    You can open and process the image in Photoshop without saving it as an
    intermediary file.
     
    Brian Baird, Aug 17, 2005
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  5. I checked - I have Camera Raw 3.1. When I open a cr2 file, it brings up a
    different screen - not the standard Photoshop one. It doesn't have all the
    options that the main Photoshop screen has (unsharpen mask, etc.). Am I
    missing something??? Thanks.

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    Rainbow Girl Sue, Aug 18, 2005
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  6. As to adjustments you might make at the RAW conversion stage (using PS2;
    try the other well after you've become comfortable with the PS process),
    this is where you balance the color temp. and tweak the exposure with
    the least ill effects to the image. There are a couple dozen other
    settings you can tweak, but unless your monitor is calibrated, you might
    want to hold off on these for now.
     
    John McWilliams, Aug 18, 2005
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  7. No - this is normal. From this section you can make your initial
    adjustments - then when you're finished it feeds it through to the photoshop
    that you've come to know and love.
     
    Cockpit Colin, Aug 18, 2005
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  8. Rainbow Girl Sue

    Brian Baird Guest

    You use that screen to do basic RAW conversion tasks - adjust exposure,
    shadows, contrast, white balance, etc. You can even do some lens
    correcting. After that, finish opening the file and you'll be all set
    to resize, sharpen and all your other Photoshop tasks.
     
    Brian Baird, Aug 18, 2005
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  9. Get, read and study:

    _Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2_ by Bruce Fraser

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0321334094/002-6011809-3153659?v=glance


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    John A. Stovall, Aug 18, 2005
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    l e o Guest


    You should also give RAWShooter a try. It's free and is very good.
     
    l e o, Aug 18, 2005
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