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Camera Raw Tools for Photographers

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 4:00 AM



 
This article aims to highlight some of the more useful tools that you can find in Camera RAW. It's doesn't cover everything, and purely focuses on the useful things for the image used. But hopefully it will give a bit of insight and maybe even highlight something that you haven't used before...

Luminance


This tool will save your life. Honestly. I'm not exaggerating! Whilst it is possible to 'over' soften an image, most of the time all that's required to reduce a little noise is to up the luminance slider just a little bit.

Untitled Drawing by Kaz-D


Auto White Balance


Quite often , the white balance can be the only thing that upsets an image. In the example that I'm using, the day was fairly dull but the whiteness of the sky was quite overpowering. Therefore the clarity of the image turned out to be weaker than I wanted and the light 'harsher.' Using 'Auto White Balance' gave it an Autumnal sort of feel and a tinge of orange to make it feel a bit more golden, as you can see below...
Whitebalance by Kaz-D


Lens Correction


This is a really useful tool - it often auto detects the lens you have used to correct any distortion that might have occurred when you took the photograph. In this particular image, it didn't auto detect my lens so I simply selected the make and model in the drop down list for it to correct everything for me. It was only a minor tweak, one you would barely notice, but it makes a lot of difference.

LensCorrecetion by Kaz-D


HDR Toning


This is probably the most dramatic change out of all of the above. HDR doesn't work for every image and might not look good to your eyes, for this one! But it's worth testing it out occasionally and remembering that the option is there.

HDR toning by Kaz-D


Saturation, Hue and Vibrancy


This is a selection of handy sliders that are, fairly often, overused. You'll find that they are most often over-used with sunsets! However with some careful 'sliding' and attention to the how the image is changing you can get some fairly good effects from playing around.

Saturation by Kaz-D


Before & After...


The final image, although not too dramatically changed from the original, has definitely got a slight air of improvement! I wanted to use a plain and simple image that I'd taken just randomly as part of my 365 challenge and try and revamp it in order to write this article. Hopefully the tools that I've listed will help you change an image (perhaps for the better - maybe for the worse!) The only other 'tweak' that I did here was to remove some 'lens spots.' The bane of every Photographers life. You can do this traditionally in Photoshop with the 'Cloning Tool' or you can do it with the magic 'Healing Brush.'

Beforeimage by Kaz-D

Final Image by Kaz-D




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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So this is in the adobe Camera Raw software?
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup :)
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok then.
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nikongriffin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Saturation, hue and vibrancy comes in handy for portraiture since most skin imperfections lie in the red and orange range.
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh definitely :nod:
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3Drake9 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a ton for the article!!! Really great!!! :D
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
Awesome article!!!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014   General Artist
Anytime! Thank you for writing it :heart:
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rubiert Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Thanks for the tips! Camera Raw is a valuable tool, indeed.
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It is! :)
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:iconrubiert:
rubiert Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
:) (Smile) 
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onefouru Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
nice tut Kaz but worth pointing out that although its called Camera raw it dosent just work on raw images in photoshop you can use it on jpegs to
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh very true! Not as good but still useful :nod:
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:iconstalliondesigns:
StallionDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this informative tutorial,it is very helpful. :)
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it helped!
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:iconstalliondesigns:
StallionDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   General Artist
Awesome tutorial and tips!
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconfixato:
FiXato Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice tutorial, but to make the impact of each step clearer, it would perhaps be nice to see 'before' and 'after' side by side.
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's true! I'll remember that next time :)
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SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful :giggle:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconsabakunoshi:
SabakuNoShi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconmarcosrodriguez:
MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really helpful Katy!! Thanks!! :aww:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent :)
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Something to look into. I used to take RAW photos a while ago but was delighted to find Picasa reads RAW among other formats, and edits/converts them. There's only so much it can do however so I'll give this a peak. ^^ Especially the lens correction ^^;
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow! In the days that i used Picasa it was wayyyy beyond those capabilities, that's amazing! :D 
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I like it and use it more than Photoshop but it does have many limits. It's more a quicky program, since it takes time for PS to "boot up". ^^; Picasa has come a long way. But PS and Camera RAW much further. ^^
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SarahJPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I don't know how I managed without Camera RAW.
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Me neither :love:
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:iconjust-black:
Just-Black Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   General Artist
Great article! Clap 
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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PartTimeCowboy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
RAW is definitely the way to go, thanks for sharing this, very useful :)
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome !
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stuff. :nod:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:dance: thanks!
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:iconftsarts:
FTSArts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
New Memory card for my old DSLR but, perfect timing on this article, I was going to do a lot of searching and research on how to better manipulate RAW images :hug: Thank you so much!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellente! :heart:
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t:
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Oo-lacrima-oO Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for writing this article! It's quite helpful and the result is pretty good. :)
(maybe I should edit the raw files too)
:heart:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
This makes me wish I had photoshop. I can see where this would be very helpful for traditional artists as well. Many times I have to take up to 50+ photos just to get the color to match the painting. Informative article :clap:
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:iconkaz-d:
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh photoshop, couldn't live without it!
:D
Thank you :)
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t:
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:iconfra-emer:
Fra-Emer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Photographer
This is really useful.
I always use Camera Raw and it's just great to valorize each photo!
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