Join Phil Hawkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing raw concepts, part of Up and Running with Capture One Pro 8.
- Okay let's chat for a moment about RAW files to put us all on the same page. A RAW image file is just that, it's the raw light information that's been captured by the sensor and processed inside the camera, by what we refer to as an A/D converter. That stands for analog-to-digital converter. This makes the files viewable and adjustable in software. A RAW file in and of itself contains no adjustments other than aperture and shutter. So technically the actual RAW file contains none of the image effects the camera may have been set on when then shot was taken.
However, and this is a large however, all RAW converters read the deep EXIF information imprinted on the image by the camera. Accordingly go ahead and when you're in the field assign settings to your camera anyway. Such as white balance, color space, picture styles, etc. Yes the actual RAW file contains none of these settings but nevertheless you'll see these settings displayed when imported into your RAW converter. Now I'm here in Adobe Bridge just so that I can walk through how to see the EXIF information for every RAW file, regardless of the camera make or model.
Now, let's jump back to Capture One. Now, so we've imported our images and Capture One will display the image on the workspace according to the information in the EXIF file on the image. From here you just proceed with further software adjustments considerably lightning your post work-load. Now the good news is that you'll have an image that contains all of the information your camera sensor can capture. That's the color, the brightness values, and detail. It's all there, ready to be extracted by Capture One and limited only by your creativity in rendering that information however you wish it to be displayed.
Now, the problem with RAW files is that no two are the same between different camera models, even within camera makers at such as Canon or Nikon. Each individual camera generates proprietary RAW file that cannot be displayed until that software has the specific algorithm installed. This is why you might see a major upgrade issued by the major RAW converts whenever a new camera model is introduced to the marketplace. Then when one is trying to capture and display a high-quality, high-resolution image RAW files are really the only way to go.
And if you own one of the professional model cameras available, for the best results you should always, that's always, shoot RAW. And process down to your final result even if its an online JPEG It's the old saying, garbage-in... garbage-out. And your final result will be that much better. So true in using RAW files. If your photographic efforts do not require you to obtain the finest quality image possible then just use a cheap camera. Investing in a four thousand dollar camera body makes little sense, if all you're going to do is generate JPEGs for grandma's photo album.
Conversely, and I think this applies to most of us viewing this course, getting the most out of your very expensive camera requires a good RAW file converter. I always shoot RAW no matter what, I always want the finest quality image my camera can generate. And Capture One is incredibly helpful in achieving that goal. When you want the finest quality image possible always shoot RAW. And be sure to set your camera settings the way you want the image to look. Process the file as a full resolution TIFF and then save for final output.
- Importing your images into Capture One Pro
- Viewing and sorting photos
- Adjusting exposure, color, and contrast
- Correcting lens distortion
- Reapplying adjustments
- Shooting in tethered mode
- Outputting for print
- Converting to black and white