I've got 100 raw photos -- now what?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Vautrin, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    927
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    It changes
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hi,

    So I just bought an Olympus EVOLT 510, and decided to put it through its paces when I took a trip to NYC.

    I set up my camera to save both the RAW file and a JPEG.

    So now that I have 100 raw photos, what do I do? I've got a couple that I think could really be great if I could tweak the colors if I could only figure out how.

    Like these, I think if I could make the sky blue-er it would look very impressive:

    [​IMG]

    This building was very colorful, very interesting:

    [​IMG]

    The thermometers broken, but it felt that hot:

    [​IMG]


    Any suggestions on learning post shoot (besides just printing photos) is greatly appreciated
     
  2. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,099
    Likes Received:
    3,765
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm
    There is a whole series of articles there which can help you with editing shots in RAW - its based round photoshop the full version, but most edting programs operate to the same basic principles so you can adapt the advice to suit your needs.
    I recomend lookup up levels, curves, sharpening, saturation, noise reduction and layers for a good grouding in editing (being as those are the most used editing tools)
     
  3. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,450
    Likes Received:
    531
    Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Uh, did you load your Olympus Master 2 software that came with the camera?

    FastStone Image Viewer is another good free program.

    Cheers, Don
     
  4. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    927
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    It changes
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes, but with that first image if I try to change the colors and make the sky bluer I just make the building blue.... I was just looking for post shoot tips / tricks...
     
  5. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,450
    Likes Received:
    531
    Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Try using the brightness and contrast. And see what changing the exposure does.

    Sooner or later you need to learn how to use the tools and the best way is to experiment with all of them :mrgreen:

    Nothing you do will change the original raw file, so go for it....

    Cheers, Don
     
  6. TheJakeyl

    TheJakeyl TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Did you install Olympus Master with that E-510? You'll be able to do it all with that and really work with those RAW files. I think its the best free program out there to work with RAW files. How do you like the e-510? Especially now that the 520 is out :wink: I recently brought mine with the ED 14-42mm and 40-150mm (the f/4.5 lens) to Sandusky, OH on my recent vacation. Never took it out once though, I was just too busy on the roller coasters. I like your photos though, NYC is one big place. I'm surprised you don't have more than 100!! :mrgreen:

    ^^^^ Sorry just realized you did install it, I just missed that part the first time around. You should look into Paint Shop Pro for something like that. Its affordable and you will be able to do what you were looking to do :).
     
  7. H.M.

    H.M. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2008
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
  8. Atropine

    Atropine TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Pic 2 and 3 are over exposed to the extent that you probably won't be able to recover any sky at all. You might be successful adding another sky in photoshop though.
     
  9. macdsean

    macdsean TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2008
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I use Aperture (for Mac OS X) to edit my RAW photos. I am pretty happy with it. Typically once I have the RAW photo I make sure it has the proper levels and then manually adjust color balance and contrast a little bit. It just takes practice and is something you will have to spend a lot of time experimenting with.

    Try playing around with one aspect at a time. For example just mess with contrast to try and get it looking correct for a while. Messing with too many settings all at once when you first start out can often make the photos look unnatural and sometimes even worse than the original.
     
  10. Tyjax

    Tyjax TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2003
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Akron, OH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I have had some success with detailed adjustments of the hue/Saturation and curves adjustments to make the sky a little better when I fail to use a polarized filter. Try pushing the blue range into the darker range and saturating near the color of the sky. I use Adobe camera Raw 4.0 but your Olympus software should allow you similar developing options. A judicious use of the HSL settings is one of the MAIN benefits to shooting raw, along with the leeway it gives for exposure compensation. If you are not familiar with your Olympus RAW software an investment in a good digital darkroom is going to pay off for saving those "aw nuts" shots.

    Good work by the way.

    TTL
    Tyj
     

Share This Page