Digital workflow: part three / 12 comments + post
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This is the third section of a multi-part tutorial devoted to digital workflow which, over the coming months, will build into a comprehensive resource detailing a variety of topics: from capture to output to storage.

In this section we will discuss one of the most important aspects of this process: RAW conversion.


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comment by Justin Photis at 12:32 PM on 16 July, 2008

So clear and easy to understand. Even though there's more of this tutorial to be written I can't wait.

comment by Alex at 03:43 PM on 16 July, 2008

This one is the best of the three, I think! Very clear and short. Right down to the point.
Can't wait for the rest!

comment by Brian Ramnath at 12:25 PM on 20 July, 2008

Fantastic! Can't wait to see the rest.

comment by Mathieu at 12:58 PM on 5 August, 2008

Great work. One comment though: "Fill light" and "Recovery" sliders are not available in Camera Raw versions earlier than 4.0.

comment by djn1 at 01:01 PM on 5 August, 2008

Matthieu: thanks for clarify that. I'm currently working on the next section of this tutorial but will update the earlier pages to mention this when I have a bit of spare time.

comment by Chaitan at 01:30 AM on 6 August, 2008

great details in your explanation. From a workflow perspective, Adobe Camera Raw is integrated into Adobe Lightroom (and possibly others) and has all the controls to non-destructively build from the RAW file as mentioned here.

I know you use a lot of different RAW processors independently, but it might save time to use an 'integrated' RAW processor when working on multiple photos from an event, etc. I guess it's a matter of choice then.

comment by Catalin at 01:54 PM on 11 August, 2008

Very interesting tutorial David, but I had one problem with it. The Clarity slider only goes from 0 to +100. I've got Camera Raw 4.3 so not sure if it's a recent change...

comment by djn1 at 01:58 PM on 11 August, 2008

Catalin: I'm using version 4.5 so it looks like the negative values (from -100 to 0) are a recent addition.

comment by Mike at 04:09 AM on 21 August, 2008

good work, lets do the tone curves now...

comment by Andrew at 12:47 AM on 11 December, 2008

This tutorial is on the money all the way through. Consice explanation of the Exposure and White Balance options from both a technical and aesthetic POV. Appreciated the discussion on the Clarity and Vibrance sliders that up until now have not been part of my ACR workflow. Looking forward to Part 4.

comment by Chris at 09:27 AM on 18 November, 2012

David - excellent tutorial but is there a minor typo on page2? "... even when we adjust the exposure by +2.45 the equivalent of almost stops " should surely be 2.5 stops?

comment by djn1 at 09:36 AM on 18 November, 2012

Thanks Chris, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for the heads-up about the typo, I've corrected it now.