Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of raw files, part of Lightroom: Mastering the Develop Module.
- Almost everything that we do in this course will be applicable to raw and non-raw files, which is to say that you can use the tips and tricks that you learn here on your JPEGs from your phone, your TIFF files, your PSDs, but I want to stress that if your camera has the ability to record a raw capture, that's absolutely what you want to do. Yes, the files are larger, but the advantages to editing in raw are profound. You have so much more information in the file and you're going to notice that when you make tonal adjustments.
An image that looks almost completely black, if you open up the JPEG, you're going to see a lot of artifacts and a lot of noise and a lot of compression, where with the raw file, you're just going to see a beautiful image. An image that has a blown out sky is still going to have a blown out sky if it was a JPEG, but when you recover the highlights and the exposure in the raw file, there's a beautiful sky that's just sitting right there. The ability to adjust the colors, the color temperature, and how the colors interact with each other is incredibly different in the raw file than it is in a JPEG.
And there's some small cameras that can capture raw files as well. Mirrorless cameras, point and shoot cameras, even some of the action cameras are now capturing raw footage. So if you care about Lightroom and you care about the Develop Module which you obviously do if you're watching this course, I really encourage you to get the absolute most out of your camera and that means working with raw files. Having said all of that, don't worry. Like I said, everything that we're going to go over applies to raw and non-raw files and you can certainly do some incredible things with non-raw files.
But if you can record a raw file, that's what I'd like you to be using and that's what I'd like you to be shooting.
In this course, Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes explores the Develop module in depth, stepping through each of the module's core tools and sharing insights on each along the way. The course concludes with chapters on essential time-saving tools, taking photos from Lightroom to Photoshop for further enhancement, and editing images on smartphones and tablets with Lightroom for mobile.
- Understanding the order of operations for adjustments
- Adjusting white balance and temperature
- Adjusting tone
- Adjusting color
- Converting images to black and white
- Developing HDR images and panoramas
- Working with the DNG Profile Editor
- Reducing noise
- Saving time with shortcuts, presets, and virtual copies
- Moving to Photoshop
- Going mobile