Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Making adjustments in Camera Raw, part of Portrait Project: Enhancing an Environmental Portrait of a Model.
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- For this project, we will begin with the Raw file. We'll start off by making some minimal Camera Raw adjustments, then we'll quickly jump over to Photoshop. Now, these initial adjustments could be made in Camera Raw or Lightroom, and in case you don't have Lightroom, I'll be using Bridge and Camera Raw. So, let's select the file, then double-click it to open it up in Adobe Camera Raw. Next, I'm going to click to zoom in a few times here just so that we can a bit closer to the photograph. What we want to start to do in Camera Raw is evaluate the information that we have here.
One of the things that I'm noticing is that the color temperature is actually pretty good straight out of the camera. The exposure looks good in most of the areas of the photograph, so let's start to make some few minor adjustments. Here in the basic tab, I'm going to jump down to exposure and just brighten this up a little bit. I'm doing that just because I want a bit of a brighter or more of a high-key look. Next, I'll add just a touch of contrast, then we come to highlights. The highlights in the white sliders are great sliders when it comes to recovering detail in the brightest areas of the photographs.
Often you can drop down your highlights slider to darken the brighter areas of an image, yet here with this photograph, these highlights on the left are a bit problematic. As we change this slider, or for that matter the white slider, you can see that there isn't a lot which is happening in that part of the image. The reason that is is because that part of the photograph is so over-exposed, there isn't any data there at all. So, we're going to need to deal with that another way. We'll take care of that in Photoshop. Yet for now, let's go ahead and drop down our highlights just a touch to recover what we can in that area.
Then, we'll also boost the shadows a little bit, and I think for the basic panel, that's a wrap. All right, well what else might we want to do here? Well, let' me zoom out. To zoom out I'll press command minus on a Mac or control minus on Windows, and let me zoom perhaps to this right there. One of the things we might want to do is navigate over to the lens corrections tab. You can find that here, and we can apply a profile by clicking on enable lens profile corrections. This will determine our camera make and the model of the lens, and apply a profile which corrected a bit of the distortion and vignette that we had there.
You can see that when you click this on and off to see the before and after. Now, this image was capture with the really shallow depth of field. When you use a real shallow depth of field, often you also want to go to the color tab, and click on remove chromatic aberration. Here if we zoom into the image, what we'll start to see is that they'll be a little bit of color fringing, which you can remove by increasing these sliders. Now, this image doesn't need a lot of this, just a little bit. This will be really difficult to see, perhaps, in this movie, but it's a good idea when you shoot with a shallow depth of filed just to go to this tab.
Increase these amounts to remove any fringing that you may see around the edges, when you're using a shallow depth of field. All right, well, so far so good. We've made some minor adjustments here in Camera Raw, the next step is to open this image up, and to send it over to Photoshop. So, let's do that by clicking on the open image button. That will open our Raw file straight from the camera with those settings applied, and send it over to Photoshop. Now, if you're using Lightroom, you could do a similar technique by choosing to edit this image in Photoshop.
Here in Photoshop, let's press the F key to go to full screen. Then next, we need to save this file out before we get too carried away. To do that, we'll navigate to our file pull down menu, then we'll choose save. Again, that's file and save, and let's save it in the same folder with a similar naming convention. I'll call it Kelle-1.psd, be sure to embed your color profile, and then here we'll click save. All right, well now that we saved this file, we're ready to begin our work in Photoshop, and we'll do that in the next movie.