October 23, 2017

Infinite Undo's in Adobe Camera Raw

Have you ever edited one of your pictures and then wondered the next day, "What was I thinking?" By that time, it was too late to revise your changes unless you started over completely.

Doe and fawn nursing
National Bison Range, Montana

Using Adobe Camera Raw means you can always go back and readjust the edits you made to a photo the next day, next week or next year. Regardless of whether you capture your images as JPEG or raw files in the camera, this "non-destructive" editing ability makes learning to use Camera Raw worth the effort.

Camera Raw is included in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop as well as the Develop module of Lightroom. So if you have one of these programs, you already own Camera Raw.

There's still time to join my Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files class starting October 26, 2017, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click this link to register.

P.S. You don't need to own a copy of the software to learn about it. All work is done on the school's Windows computers.

October 20, 2017

Wonders of Raw

All digital cameras capture raw data of the scenes we photograph. But when we tell the camera to save a JPEG version of our shots, the camera adjusts and compresses all that raw data into a (relatively) small, ready-to-use picture. In the process, much of the data about brightness and color is discarded.

If you save your pictures as raw images, you can access and adjust all that additional information and often produce an image with more detail and color yourself. The drawback is that you have to take the time after your shoot to develop the raw file with specialized software such as Adobe Camera Raw or the Develop module in Lightroom. But the time is worth it as this before and after view illustrate.

The raw image file straight from the camera.
The photo is tilted and the mountains overexposed
along with dust spots in the sky and lots of noise.

After processing the picture is straight, color
has been restored to the mountains and the
noise and dust spots retouched.

Learn the power of editing raw files in Shooting and Processing Digital Camera Raw Files beginning October 26 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.

Filters for Digital Photography

In the days when photographers shot slide (transparency) film, they recorded accurate color under daylight (sunny) conditions. If they needed to compensate for the blue of overcast skies or the orange of incandescent light bulbs, they had to attach a color correction filter to fix the color cast. If they used print (negative) film, color was corrected in the printing process.

No Color Filters Necessary

In your digital camera, the White Balance settings take care of this color correction for you. Instead of adding an 81 series warming (yellow) filter to your lens to correct a blue color cast, change the White Balance setting to Cloudy or Shade. This adds yellow to cancel the blue.

Cloudy skies create a blue color cast.

Using Cloudy White Balance removes the blue cast without a filter.


October 19, 2017

Galen Rowell and Landscape Photography

At the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) blog is an article sharing five things the author learned from working for famed photographer Galen Rowell. They apply equally well to digital photography as film.

Rainbow over Ninepipes Wildlife Refuge, Montana

Also check out this post of tips for all types of photography from Galen's suggestions.

7 Things Galen Rowell Can Teach You About Photography

You can learn more about Galen Rowell from the website of his Mountain Light Gallery which is closing at the end of October. Be sure to watch the video featuring Rowell.

October 13, 2017

Learn Your Camera Settings

If you are disappointed with the sunset pictures you get from your digital camera, try changing the White Balance setting from Automatic to Daylight for colors more like you saw. Learn this and other camera controls to improve your images in Getting to Know Your Digital Camera beginning October 24 in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register. http://tinyurl.com/hqyg9br