RAW Troublemaker Again

Started Aug 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
ovrebekk Veteran Member • Posts: 4,408
Re: RAW Troublemaker Again

Gary Eickmeier wrote:

AceP wrote:

Gary Eickmeier wrote:

Some of these wedding shooters shoot 2000 images that they then have to go through and process afterwards. Think about it.

Actually if you think about it, they will spend the least amount of time that will achieve the highest quality so most of those guys have set up their presets in Lightroom on some test shots where they fix the CA, saturation etc. for a custom starting point. Their "style" if you will. It appears your starting point in the illustration was to apply nothing except to make the RAW file visible!

Then these wedding shooters import the 2000 images with their choice of preset applied as they come in. That was step 1. Step 2, they click on the pull down menu and select "export to jpeg". Then go surf the web and reply to some DPReview comments while their computer churns out the processed jpegs, processed the way they like it rather than the way their camera jpeg processing choices happened to be set at during the shoot. With RAW, if they want to apply some different style to certain photos, they can create as many versions in LR as they wish before exporting another fresh from the original RAW file, jpeg.

Sounds preposterous to me. The whole point of processing RAW is to make all of those fine corrections that JPG cannot do right. And how can there be ONE set of presets that would apply to all of the pictures shot in one full speed ahead wedding shoot?


As AceP said this is really just what the JPG is doing. It is applying a similar type of processing to all your photos.

If you want to get the simplicity of JPG's with RAW's, just do what I do: Open all your RAW's in Lightroom, set the contrast and clarity to 40-ish for added contrast, and export the whole bunch in whatever resolution you want. Then you get photos similar to the JPG's in quality, but when you review the photos afterwards you have the opportunity of going back into Lightroom to make more changes if you find a shot that doesn't look good with the default settings.

Lightroom seems pretty daunting at first, but it's really only 5-10 parameters that you need to use regularly. The majority of the features I hardly ever touch (like tonecurve, split toning, HSL ++).

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