Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Adobe Camera Raw to fix exposure for raw files, part of Editing GoPro HERO Photos and Videos with Lightroom and Photoshop.
- At the time of this recording, raw files haven't made it into the GoPro quite yet. I'm hopeful that they will. But the folks over at DJI have put Adobe DNG support into their quadcopters when shooting stills. This opens up some interesting possibilities particularly for landscape photographers looking for a high angle view or people doing architectural photography. What I like is the ability to actually shoot a DNG. So in this case, you see I've loaded up a digital negative. This is from my friend Carl Sulay and he shot this down in the South Pacific.
What I'm going to do here is take advantage of developing this. You'll note that you do have Lens Correction so if you enable it, it automatically does recognize that this is coming from a DJI. Under Profile you'll see that it recognized the Phantom Vision and it does a nice job of removing a bunch of that distortion. In fact, you could see almost a ring here and how it evens that out. Once that's done this is actually a raw file.
So the ability to recover Highlights, absolutely there. Same with lifting of the Shadows and of course, you can refine the White and Black points as needed. In fact, that Exposure control is very precise. I could take that to looking like it was daytime. Opening up a stop and a half or back it down a little bit. And when you combine that with everything else that Raw does so well, you could really get an impressive shot out of a small camera.
Before and after, notice how all sorts of details that were lost on the beach and in the outside of the range here are brought back in. It looks quite a bit better. Let's do another file here. I'll jump over to this one. Let's take one here. Now this is quite impressive here, a nice, beautiful sunset. Let's simply pull that up, starting with the Lens Profile, and then we'll come back up to the top, and recover some of the highlights.
And play with the Shadows here, not too bad. I like how that's looking. I'm just going to pull the Exposure down slightly and then make a Curves adjustment pulling up the midtones but down on the highlights. Now, I like that but there's an interesting problem. The red light on the bottom of the quadcopter is skewing this red down here. Fortunately, you've got this great HSL control so you can go to the Saturation area, click on this on image tool and simply grab.
And this allows me to know that this is going to back off these sliders. And by pulling down the Red and the Orange down there I was able to minimize that a little bit. Remember you've got great controls here for graduated adjustments. So you might simply add a graduated filter across the bottom, pull the Exposure down a little bit, and back off the Saturation so that your beach looks a little more simple. With the before and after you see that that raw file is a pretty dramatic adjustment.
Let's just do one more on the skyline there. Darken it, but boost the Saturation for the sky, and I really like how the raw file holds so much detail. This use of Adobe Camera Raw on an actual raw file is impressive. And I think that this as an area that will continue to see growth with these small cameras. Adobe DNG, fantastic format. It gives you the small file size needed for the little memory cards but still a raw image that's going to give you a lot more information to work with.
If you're looking at doing aerial photography, shooting landscapes, or shooting architecture this is going to be a definite boost to your overall workflow.
Author Rich Harrington starts with the basics: importing and organizing photos, correcting distortion, adjusting color and exposure, and getting ready for print. He then moves on to working with video: developing color and exposure with adjustment layers and presets, and then rendering out the adjustments for editing in another application. He wraps things up with a short, fun tutorial on assembling a time-lapse sequence. Start watching and learn the skills you need to get the best-looking footage from the GoPro and other action cameras.
- Importing and organizing stills and video
- Correcting lens distortion
- Repairing color, contrast, and compression artifacts
- Improving exposure
- Boosting saturation and vibrance
- Sharpening and cropping
- Assembling panoramas
- Merging HDR images
- Building time-lapse sequences