RAW Image Processing: Basic Tab

Sol Duc, Olympic National Park, Washington (WA), USA

Jay took this photo in Olympic National Park on an overcast day. The light in the forest was so soft and beautiful, and the fresh greens seemed almost golden in the scattered light.

When Jay opened this file in Adobe Camera RAW, it didn’t look like this. We’ve created a short video to show how he processed this image. It’s easier than you might expect!

Our goal is usually to create an image that feels natural to the viewer. Keep in mind that this is just one way to do it – you may choose a different process or a different program. There’s no single “right” way.

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.

Patience is a virtue...unless you are chasing your dreams

  • Thanks for a great video, simple adjustments to enhance a single exposure. I like the first step and I agree that this is the most important step.

    Using a dedicated Raw converter is still preferable, such as Lightroom.

  • Hi Jay & Varina….i accidently stumbled on to your website…but i am glad i did. I was inspired by your galleries as i too am a land & Seascape enthusiast. But more importantly i have started shooting RAW over the last couple of years and havent really edited in camera raw-as soon as it came in there, i just clicked onto open image and then straight onto photoshop. I found your tabs on RAW/Actions very useful….nice to know there are genuine humble people who share their “tricks”.Thank you once again. I wish you all the success in your field of work.

    • Thank you for your comments and you kind words, Pradip. I hope you find lots of useful information on our blog and in our videos and eBooks. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you are shooting RAW! It really does make a big difference. I think you’ll find that the capabilities of Camera RAW are really outstanding. Good luck with your photography!



  • quick and easy, thanks !

  • Wonderful effort of ebooks and photography here..

    simply loving it..

    Keep it on..


  • Perfect. So this confirms that I am also doing something right 🙂 . May be a lil more focus is required by me.
    thank you for sharing this, and I also enjoyed and learnt a lot from the few ebooks i downloaded.

    • Of course you are doing something right, Karan. 🙂 But we’ve known that for a long time. 😉 I’m glad you have been able to learn something from our ebooks!