Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop
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Converting to DNG (and why you'll love it)


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Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Video: Converting to DNG (and why you'll love it)

Before we start editing our raw files I want to talk about some important things with the work flow. And the first thing I want to talk about is when we're importing our photos whether they're jpegs or raws we're just going to take this whole folder of images. We want to make sure we copy them as DNG's. Now, we could just add them or we could move them from an existing location. Or we can copy them. But if they're DNG files, we're going to save some room on our hard drive. There going to get about 15 to 20% smaller. The instructions that go along with the raw file that normally sit outside of the raw file are going to be encapsulated in the format.

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1h 2m Intermediate Jul 18, 2013

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Many cameras can save photos in raw format, and it's the best way to capture all the data the sensor is capable of recording. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw (included with Photoshop) to bring out the best in these kinds of photos.

In this course, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explores the art and science of raw-format processing in both Camera Raw and Lightroom. First, take a look at working with raw-format photos in Lightroom, and using the Develop module to improve contrast, color, and tone, which make the details in your images pop.

Then switch over to Camera Raw to optimize raw-format images as well as video. Bryan also draws important comparisons between Camera Raw 8 and Lightroom 5, and shows ways to employ Camera Raw as a filter to layers or Smart Objects in Photoshop CC.

Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom Camera Raw
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Converting to DNG (and why you'll love it)

Before we start editing our raw files I want to talk about some important things with the work flow. And the first thing I want to talk about is when we're importing our photos whether they're jpegs or raws we're just going to take this whole folder of images. We want to make sure we copy them as DNG's. Now, we could just add them or we could move them from an existing location. Or we can copy them. But if they're DNG files, we're going to save some room on our hard drive. There going to get about 15 to 20% smaller. The instructions that go along with the raw file that normally sit outside of the raw file are going to be encapsulated in the format.

So, the instructions that describe what the file looks like actually travel with the DNG. The operating system will know what it looks like whether it's cropped or black and white. And one of the other great things if if you're giving a DNG file to someone who doesn't have the most current version of Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, that's okay. They'll be able to open those in their version of the software. One of the ways to make them DNG is to convert as DNG's on the way in. The other way to do that would be to select any files that we want and then just come up here and convert our photos to DNG.

And again, this will make them smaller and this will allow them to be archival. I'll be able to open them down the line. I won't have to worry about hundreds of different archival formats. We have a couple of choices here. We can choose our compatibility. And if we want to have lossy compression, which is to say that we'll reduce the quality a little bit. We can save even more space. The other way to do this is with the DNG converter. And that's a free utility available off of Adobe.com. You can just Google DNG converter. Now, with the DNG converter, all we do is select our folder, whatever our images might be, we select where we'd like to save them. We can rename them, and we have those same preferences for Compatibility, Size, Compression, and we can even choose to embed the original Raw File. Now, I don't see any reason why you need to do that, although I will say that having some mirrored files or some sort of back up of your files is always a good idea.

So, it's really quick and easy. And what's great about this, sort of a hidden trick, if you're not on the most current version of Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, but you get a new camera and you want to open those files in the version that you're on. So, let's say you're on CS3 or something. Because the Adobe Digital Negative Converter is updated when ever Lightroom or camera raw are updated. You have support for all new cameras. Now, it's a free converter, which means that you can go get the DNG converter. You can open files off of your new camera, and you can pass them back to your old software or to anyone else who might have older software.

So, smaller files, encapsuled setting and archival format and a lot of flexibility with how and where you open them. DNG is a great addition to your raw workflow and it's something you should definitely think about embracing.

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