The RAW Edit Game

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Savageduck, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Savageduck

    Savageduck Guest

    OK! Tony and I have been sharing some of our RAW captures to see what
    others can do with them in Post. I think there are a few things which
    should be understood. None of these images/captures has been presented
    as anything other than problematic with some potential. Some are
    opportunistic captures and some have major composition issues, but each
    have a "What if I did something different here?" quality about them,
    and that is what this is about.

    I have a feeling that both Tony and I, and I dare say any one else who
    might risk putting a problematic image out there, are aware of the
    basic failings of these images.
    If the time comes when my ego runs away with itself, and I present what
    I believe to be my masterpiece, both in capture and realized in post I
    will be sure to let you know. So this should not be seen as an
    opportunity for malicious criticism, but one for true constructive
    criticism, which should be accepted as such.

    So, what I propose for future RAW edit sharing exercises of this type
    is the following:
    1: That the photographer spells out his/her misgivings and known issues
    regarding his/her shared RAW capture.
    2: Provide unadjusted, out of camera RAW, and/or dng file. For those
    not shooting RAW, an unmolested, as shot full size JPEG.
    3: Share his/her best/favorite post fix in jpeg, with, or without a narrative.

    The repair/fix/interpretation variations re-shared by those who choose
    to play this game, are just that, interpretations of a problem image.
    They can comment on what they might have identified as a particular
    issue or not.
    These exercises should not be used as an opportunity to extend any
    personal Usenet vendettas regardless of any long term underlying
    feelings some here might have toward one another. There is no
    competition here, just what could turn out to be an interesting
    exercise and learning experience when we are face with trying to solve
    a problem another photographer might have experienced.

    I hope that some more of the folks contributing to, and lurking in will take the risk to put some of their captures out
    here, as I feel, and I think Tony might agree, that this is an exercise
    which benefits this little community.

    So we do need to hear from some others, and not just leave it to the two of us.

    Please let me know if you feel these exercises are in any way
    worthwhile, or if I should just quit the public exposure, and keep this
    on a personal exchange level via email.
    Savageduck, Sep 13, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I think it's a fine exercise but I won't be participating in it very
    much (if at all).

    I suggest a prefix for such posts such as [RawEditGame] or [REG] so that
    it can be ignored or filtered as some may find appropriate.
    Alan Browne, Sep 13, 2012
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  3. Savageduck

    Savageduck Guest

    [REG] makes sense.
    Savageduck, Sep 13, 2012
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    sid Guest

    keep it public so any one can dip in or out as they please. I have been a
    happy participant but I'm not going to spend all my time editing others
    images, hopefully some of my own will be good enough to work with, so if you
    keep up the pace you've been at I can see less participation happening.

    less is more
    sid, Sep 14, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I agree completely. Let's do it, but with some restraint lest it gets
    to be an assignment. Also, someone should not made to feel badly
    because they didn't participate, or because their submission wasn't
    what was wanted.
    tony cooper, Sep 14, 2012
  6. Savageduck

    Savageduck Guest


    There is no obligation to participate on anybody's part, and
    RAW/dng/jpeg submissions for editing/adjustment/cropping consideration,
    should be just that, with thanks to those who choose to share.

    The reworked variations should also be considered in the same light. No
    obligation to do anything, and with regard to the results, consider
    that taste varies, and if the original is problematic, those problems
    might just be insurmountable.
    ....but who knows? We might actually get some solutions to problems, and
    some interesting results.

    These exercises should be entertaining, informative, and most of all, a
    bit of fun. to be engaged in without malice.
    Savageduck, Sep 14, 2012
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