Getting Started: Embrace RAW Processing

Getting Started: Part – 5

Embrace RAW Processing

Most cameras today, except maybe some smart phones and low-end point-and-shoot types, have RAW file capabilities. A RAW file is like having a digital negative. It’s not yet in a viewable format but it maintains most of the image’s original information. In this format, a beginner landscape photographer can manipulate the image file ‘after the fact’ to create the best image.

  • Yellowstone Waterfall After Lightroom Editing

    Yellowstone Waterfall After Lightroom Editing

  • Yellowstone Waterfall Before Lightroom Editing

    Yellowstone Waterfall Before Lightroom Editing

As you can see from the image above, the unprocessed RAW image looks dull and colorless because it was created using camera default settings. The processed RAW image contains stunning details and vibrant colors.

Here is a case study from our WATERFALLS TUTORIAL where Kate Silvia shows you how to process a RAW image to bring out exceptional colors and details in your waterfalls photos.

Coming up next: Develop Post Processing Workflow

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.
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