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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
Now that we know a little bit about working with our Lens Corrections panels, let's apply our skills to working on this photograph. We'll start off in the Profile tab and here we're going to click on the option for Enable Lens Profile Corrections. In doing that, you can see that this is removing some of the subtle distortion that we have from this lens; this is a 35 mm lens. And by removing that distortion it just creates a little bit more of a correct perspective which is especially helpful when we're photographing a person. Next, you also notice that it's brightening up these edges as well.
Now if we want to increase the brightening effect on the vignetting around the edges, we can click and drag this to the right. You can see here how I can control those edges with this slider, either bringing them up back to the original state or removing that even further. The same thing is true with Distortion. Here's how the image was captured, and now here is after we've removed it and we can dial in even more distortion removal. Well with this picture these adjustments look really nice, but I want to make even a few more. So we'll go over to our Manual tab. One of the things that I notice is that the subject is a little bit over to the left in the frame and this shoulder here is extending too far to the right of the frame.
So I'm going to change my horizontal axis. To do that, I'm going to go ahead and click and drag to the left. You can see how it's almost like I'm turning the subject around a little bit. It's almost as if we asked the subject just to rotate her shoulders a little bit back. By doing that, I'm able to correct this little problem here. Next I also want to remove just a little bit more distortion, that will then correct that, and then I'm going to click my Vertical slider, and drag this to the left. This will stretch the photograph out just a bit. Now all of these adjustments, they're pretty minor.
So let's then finish this off by modifying our scale and then we'll look at our before and after. Here I'm going to change the scale so I can kind of zoom in on the picture. If we click on our Preview button, you can see here is our before, click again, there is our after. Let me zoom in a little bit more closely so you can focus in on the face and see how it's affected this part of the photograph. Here is that before, now here is the after. Another way we might want to modify this image is by using this Vignetting control slider here. Here I'll zoom back out and now that we can see more of the image and let me double-click say the Hand Tool, so it fits in view, we can then add more vignetting, here I can darken those edges.
And by darkening the edges, you can see it's bringing focus into the center of the frame. If I want even it even more focused on the center I can drag my Midpoint to the left, so now this darkening effect is really all around this area, or conversely we can have that brighten up those areas, and then again that Midpoint it controls how far out that effect or how far in I should say that effect extends into the center of the frame. Now, to reset these I'll double-click the Amount icon and what I want to do is just brighten up those edges there just a little bit more.
Alright, well now that we've made those adjustments, again in this case pretty subtle adjustments, we can see that overall before and after by clicking on the Preview icon. Here is before and then click again, here is after. And what you'll discover is that you can use these Lens Correction Controls in order to make really dramatic changes to your photographs, as we saw in the previous movie. Or other times, you may be interested in making those subtle yet significant changes, like we've made here with this photograph in this movie.
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