From Raw to Final Image
When I come back from a photo-shoot the first thing I do is upload my images, categorise them, sift them and then process them.
- Categorise (keyword)
I have a number of photo editing applications that I use as I have never found one that suits all of my needs. I also have a view that each photo-editing application has its strengths and weaknesses and that you should exploit these when editing and processing your images.
My list of software includes
- Adobe Bridge (You need to download the Adobe creative cloud app)
- DXO Photlab & Nik Collection
- On1 Photo RAW (ON1 Photo RAW 2020 Now Available)
- Aurora HDR
- Luminar 3 (soon to be Luminar 4)
For example, when processing RAW files my go-to application is DXO Photolab, why? Because there can be no doubt that the science & technology behind DXO’s software means that there is no better way to process your RAW images.
So my workflow in terms of editing and processing in three steps is to
- Assess & Process RAW file
- Export as TIFF, JPEG or DNG
- Carry out final edits and enhancements
I used NIK collection to increase colour contrast, soften the background (
The key to enhancing your photos is to
- Make sure that your in-camera exposure is correct for your subject and intended final image.
- Process your RAW file in such a way that you make use of all of the data captured when taking your photos.
- After your RAW edits further enhance your image using filters, adjustment tools and other creative effects as required.
What’s your preferred way of working?