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If you're a professional or a semi-professional photographer you're probably shooting your images in the Camera RAW format, because you have an image that is not much more data rich, you can do so much more with it in terms of adjusting the exposure without degrading it, and you'll always have your original digital negative to return to because you cannot overwrite that. So there are great benefits to working within the Camera Raw format. Now the reason I'm bringing this up now is because in the latest version of Camera RAW you can add film grain within the Camera RAW plug-in.
Here I am in Bridge and this is a Camera RAW image, I'm in the Filmstrip Workspace of Bridge, and we have this thumbnail here which has a badge attached to it. And that badge signifies that some exposure adjustment has been made to this image. So the grain is already there, I'm just going to point out where it was added. I'm going to double-click on that in my Content window and that's going to launch this image in the Camera RAW plug-in. Now amongst other things what I've done is added some film grain and I have done that in the Effects area over here and I've added rather a lot, may be too much.
If I look at this at 100% view size and it's at that view size that you really need to evaluate these kind of changes. I'm going to double-click on my Zoom tool top-left to get to 100%. I'm just repositioning my image, holding down the spacebar and dragging. Now this isn't a particularly crisp image, it was taken in low light in the early morning, but without the grain it's going to look like that and, well I do want some, I don't want quite as much as I had originally added. And I'm also going to take down the Roughness.
So we're just giving the image a bit more presence than it would have without the grain, and in fact, what I'm doing is since this was taken with a relatively high ISO of 320, in low light, it's already quite a grainy image and I'm sort of going with that. I'm accentuating the grain rather than trying to hide it. Once I've made my changes I can just click on Open Image and that's going to take me into Photoshop itself where I can continue and do whatever else is I need to do to the image.
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