Developing α7 RAW images

Started Mar 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Developing α7 RAW images
In reply to Rick V, Mar 20, 2014

Rick V - it sounds like you have a pretty firm grasp on the concept.  I would absolutely recommend you shoot and develop in RAW.  It is by far the best step you can take in getting the most out of your images with post processing.  There is a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it it becomes second nature... and fast!

For most of my shots, I use LR5 to import and convert.  I do the the basic tweaks it provides - maximizing the whites/blacks, color & tonal mapping.  LR also has really useful tools for removing spots and eliminating unwanted objects from the image.  I really like the HSL sliders and the ability to easily select the precise color you want to tweak.  There is nothing better in getting a more saturated blue in the sky.  From LR5 I will often use On One's Perfect Effects, mainly to use their new dynamic contrast filter.  It is a big improvement over LR's clarity adjustment.

Lately I've also been using DxO Optics Pro 9 to do any RAW conversions when I shoot with high ISO - really anything above 1000 if the image has a lot of darker areas.  DxO's noise reduction is the best, nothing else I've tried comes close.  If I am using DxO, I will also their Smart Lighting and Selective Tone adjustments - both improvements over LR5.  From there I export a full res TIFF into LR5 for any final adjustments, jpeg exporting and image cataloguing.

It sounds a lot more involved than it is, but I've gotten quite fast with it.

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