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One of the things I find most useful when processing an image is to look at its info beforehand. This will tell me things about the image, including if I'm working with a RAW file, or a JPEG, and I also like to know the resolution that I have. These will sometimes impact my thought process, knowing that I have a lot of quality or pixels to work with, or that I have the overhead of a RAW image that gives me greater flexibility. Here's how to see what an image contains. When you select an image, you could simply click the Info button. This will go ahead and show you all the information about the photo.
I see, in this case, that this was shot on a Nikon D800. I can also tell what the white balance was. In this case, it was for daylight, which is good, since I was shooting under daylight. However, sometimes you may have the camera on the wrong white balance. Maybe you were on auto, or you switched to indoor, and then were shooting outdoors. Being able to see the white balance settings used in the camera can be really useful to help you calculate a strategy. I can also see things like the type of lens that was used, and this just helps me understand how I shot.
Now, there's a lot to it here. Learning the aperture, for example, the bigger the number, generally speaking, the greater the depth of field, and sometimes when I'm trying to evaluate an image for softness, it's easy to tell if it was at a low f-stop, where it was wide open, like F2, or F4, I could tell that the depth of field was shallower, so maybe there are some areas of soft focus. Most of these other settings are a bit beyond our course today, but there's a ton of training here on lynda.com that you can explore to help you learn about the camera settings.
All I want you to realize is that you could see those settings, and knowledge is often power. Knowing what I have here, the ability to assign a ranking, and even tag with keywords, or places could really come in handy. Down the road, as you organize, this information will help you do your job, but I want to make sure you know how to access it. Remember, toggling the Info button off or on will bring that panel up for the selected image. If you have more than one image selected, you really will have very little info, so generally speaking, make sure you only choose one photo at a time.
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