Alright so I shot in RAW for the very first time, now what?

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    Alright so I shot in RAW for the very first time, now what?

    A few of them look pretty good...How do I even begin to bring out the most in them?

    Assume I know nothing about postprocessing RAW images because I DON'T!

    But I want to see what the hype is all about, I want to see these good images become even better.

    Please help!


     
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    You edit them.

    You'll see the difference in just how much you can edit them. You can get more heavy-handed when adjusting the sliders. You can swap colors. You can edit certain colors (ie, make a blue sky pitch black if you're wanting a black & white image).

    Editing is not just 'Do this, then do this, then adjust this to here...........'. It's 'this particular image needs this, so I'll do that. And it needs this, so I'll do that too................."
     
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    It's the fact that you have 100% of what the sensor recorded. And without the camera making adjustments it thinks (programed) is right. You get to choose what to adjust, what to reduce, what to add.
     
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    See the benefits of shooting in raw format |

    What you see on your display is a JPG that is embedded in the Raw file. (We can't really view an actual Raw file.)

    When you edit, you're creating another JPG that will have the colors in it that you want to be displayed/printed.
     
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    Pick one -- create a free Dropbox account -- post the raw file there and a link to it here. I'll show you.

    Joe
     
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    Looking at the Canon DPP software tutorials on youtube, the one that apparently comes free with the camera, I'm overwhelmed with the amount of tweaks and changes and alterations you can make. What are the most common tweaks / changes / alterations...if I want to play with a few but not drive myself crazy?
     
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    Start easy. Learn and play with white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, white and black. These are the basics.
     
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    MOST common changes would likely be exposure, highlight recovery, black point, curves, contrast,sharpening. Others would be fill light, shadows; it is difficult to name some of these things in one,single way, since some image editing software refers to some things a bit differently than other applications do.
     
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    I think everybody will choose different adjustments, and it will depend on the file you're faced with, but I will first straighten, then check the exposure, white balance, curves, contrast, highlights and shadows, and maybe a bit of sharpening, depending on the subject. The final crop might happen at that point, or when I'm contemplating printing and framing. After that, if it still needs more work, I will usually let it rest for a day or so just to be sure I want to put more work into it.
     
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    If you are used to seeing jpg files the raw files will not look so good. That's because the jpg files have been post-processed in the way the camera companies programmers wanted. You have to PP your raw files the way you want, especially sharpening.
     
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    My digital camera is DNG so I get the Raw and an automatically generated JPEG from that (which I rarely use). It depends, sometimes I just open photos in Photoshop and go, okay, looks good... I'll print a 4x6 and if it prints well that's it. Otherwise I may adjust contrast, brightness, or whatever it needs. My post processing is minimal.

    I've been a photographer for a long time and learned how to meter a scene/subject and get a proper exposure. Then whether it's digital or in a 'wet' darkroom (using chemistry) I don't have a lot to do most of the time.

    What's similar is if I got proper exposures I'll have minimal post work to do. But if I'd want to play with my dodgette set on a photo being exposed under the enlarger I could; if I wanted to play with a photo in Photoshop and max out settings til it looks freaky, I can. But I wouldn't want to do that with every photo that I want to use or I'd never get done!

    Make copies to experiment with so you don't ruin your original. Maybe pick one setting to start with and just play around and see what it does. You don't have to save it all, or any of it (or you could save some labeled so you remember what you did), just play til you start getting the hang of it. I'm a longtime film photographer, and if I managed to figure out digital editing... it's a matter of trying and practicing and learning. But maybe don't read so much that you've maxed out your brain! lol before you try it out so you can see what you read about. You can always refer back to your reading and it might make more sense once you've done some.
     
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    Like the OP, I never played much with RAW files. But, thanks to all of you - I'm excited to try. (I think you may have created a monster!)
     
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