Want to save time editing, and more time shooting? Exposure, white balance, and color settings, when set perfectly in-camera will minimize time needed for editing your photos. Some love spending hours working with Photoshop or Lightroom, tweaking and balancing photos till they’re perfect. Yes, these are irreplaceable tools and with them, you can create the best possible image. Not all of us have the time and resources to carefully nurture each image. When time is of the essence, get it right in the camera! This is easier said than done. Nonetheless, I have a little something to share that allows you to rapidly improve your images SOOC (straight out of camera). In-Camera Raw processing!
Most digital cameras have this capability built right in. This little used feature a can change your final image subtly or dramatically if needed. After processing, you save the new file on the memory card and you’re on to tackle the rest of your day. Using the RAW file, your camera can simply process a new file that will retain as much information as possible. Newer interchangeable lens Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon, select Canon, Fujifilm, and Pentax cameras all have in camera RAW processing. First thing is to set your camera to shoot RAW or RAW + JPG as the recording medium. Now If you get your image perfect, well you can stop right here! If not, (like 99% of us) you can use the RAW file captured to author a new adjusted .JPG file to meet your needs. Remember, you will still have the original RAW and Jpg on your memory card if you prefer to edit later.
Using in-camera raw processing is not the same as Photoshop or Lightroom, as it has its limitations especially when editing large amounts of photos. You will just need to give it a try and see if it will benefit you. Personally, I enjoy posting my latest photos on Instagram, (you can find me at @cdelphoto) and printing proof, and 8×10 sized prints to give to friends and family. I don’t like to wait to upload and process on my computer. I have found in camera processing fits my needs. After I’m finished shooting, I’ll come home and grab my camera and review photos. Ill already have some of my favorites picked out by this time, and then I’m opening them in the raw converter. I adjust exposure compensation, white balance, and color settings (vivid, soft, black and white) to taste. Some cameras can go further, and adjust shadow & highlight tone, sharpening, noise reduction and even add grain effects.
Admittedly, processing in camera will be a little clumsy at first, but once you’re accustomed, you will be efficient. Remember, you are using the cameras rear LCD screen so make sure you are indoors, and try to get out of any direct light. This will wash out your LCD monitor. If your camera has a LCD brightness setting, set it to the median. If you have a mobile workflow you can quickly get this file over to your smart phone or tablet for sharing or ordering a print. If you prefer to use your computer, the new file is already saved on your SD card, and is fully ready to go. I urge you to give this a try, especially if you find yourself backed up with lots of photos in your queue to edit and process.
Let us know how it goes, and if your experience is good or not so, be sure to share with us. If you have any tips you have perfected to speed up your imaging workflow, let us know, we would all love more time to be out shooting!
Chris Del Gaiso @cdelphoto
Store Manager, St. Charles MO.