First the question: Tell me there is a way to convert a RAW file back to it's original state... I've been playing around trying to figure out how to edit my RAW images, but I can't figure out how to put it back... I fear I might have ruined some of my shots...
I've been having a difficult time with editing colors lately. They look so good in photoshop while I'm editing them. Then when I come back it looks all off. And my monitor is NOT calibrated, so regardless, it's not going to be right. For the first few, I went with warmer tones. It just felt right to me.
As always, CC is welcome, but not necessary.
1. f/4 1/800 ISO 500 (I realize I could have bumped the ISO down a little)
2. f/4 1/500 ISO 500
3. f/4 1/125 ISO 100 (I realized that the ISO was a little high in the beginning, so I did bump it down 1/2 way through. Looks like it could have been just a tad higher here though since my ss wasn't at least 200)
4. f/4 1/200 ISO 160 (I think the settings here are good.... yes, no? But this is one that I feel the color is off on...)
5. f/4 1/160 ISO 1250 (One I took today of my friend's LO. How'd I do on the conversion?)
6. f/4 1/320 ISO 1250 (I think her skin looks a bit washed out here, but the background colors are about right)
7. f/3.2 1/125 ISO 1250 (Which conversion would you say is best? I know there isn't a lot of diff b/t the two... I like the 2nd, but my DH likes the 1st. Suggestions on how to make it better?)
Danielle, they're not "bad" at all! Sorry you didn't get responses. I know I was off the board for a while, during vacation. Seems like sometimes threads get lost, though.
I'm a total novice to RAW editing, but I don't think there's any way to get a RAW file back. I usually edit the RAW file and save as a JPG, rather than saving over the original RAW file.
1. Still looks a bit cool to me, but maybe it's because her face is in the shade. I know I'm having trouble with photos taken in the shade. WB is never quite right, it seems. It's really cute!
2. What a great expression! I like his position on the sidewalk and the colours seem a little warmer than in #1.
3. Really cute, and great eye contact from DD! I would've liked to see their heads a bit higher up in the frame, and their hands included. Cute smiles, nice separation from the background.
4. Beautiful moment! Love the light in her eyes. I would warm it up some more.
5. I'm not very good at conversions ,but this looks pretty good to me. Maybe increase the contrast just a tad? I'm not sure. I just play around with them and never know what to suggest to others.
6. Oh, I LOVE her softer, lighter skin here!! Really beautiful! I would just clone out the socket on the wall and maybe rotate it just a touch to the right and it'd be lovely. Her eyes look beautiful, her skin so soft, the colours are popping and great... Really nice!
7. I like the second conversion better. They're very subtly different, but I think the hair is a little lighter in the second, and the lightness of those tones helps to make the eyes pop just a tiny bit more. Great light in those pretty eyes!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Thanks Tracy. I tried to clone out the socket, but didn't do so great. I need to watch a tutorial on how to do it.
And I thought I was saving the edit as a jpeg. Once I made changes I opened the file and did a "save as" jpeg. Is there a way I need to save it before opening it? (I have PS btw)
If you saved the edit as a JPG, without saving the RAW file, I *think* you should be OK to go back and work on the original RAW file again. I know that in Canon's RAW editing software (Digital Photo Professional), I convert and save and then when I go to close the program, it asks if I want to save the changes to the RAW files as well, and I always just say no. But it depends on the software you use. I don't have PS, so I don't know how RAW files work in PS. Maybe someone else can help!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
What program are you working with, Danielle? In LR4, there's a button that will "reset" the RAW file back to original. If in ACR, if you click "Default", it should set it back. If you changed your WB, use the drop down menu and do "As Shot". If you're working in another program, I'm not sure.
Here's a screen shot of ACR. I circled the things you need to change to revert it back. (Hope it's not too small for you to see...)
Sorry I haven't given feed back yet. I will do that as soon as I can. Maybe the kids will cooperate with me right now??
#1 - Okay, I'm going to steal that dress from you if I ever have a little girl I think that the lighting could have been a little better here. There's really not much light in her eyes. So, what you want to try next time, is either shooting down on her a tiny bit more so her head looking up, or getting her at the edge of the shade, or at least where the trees open up (think of a funnel), and put her there. You'll be able to get a little more light in those eyes when it's not deep shade. And if you REALLY want to step it up, angle her ever so slightly at the edge of the shade, so you can get some of that directional light
#2 - That expression is awesome! I like the exposure on this one better than the first. Also the color looks better (to my uncaibrated eyes ) There's also more light in his eyes. He's looking up more in this one, so that's probably the reason. He also looks like he's in a slightly different spot, so maybe the location is ever so slightly different?
#3 - This one is so adorable! Next time, get up a little higher to get more light in the eyes And watch those hand chops. I think that backing up a little bit could have helped you out with that. I think the exposure looks pretty good here.
#4 - Looks a little cool to me. I think that if you warmed it up, you'd like what you're seeing more. It might be a touch overexposed.
#5 - Nice lighting here See that bit of shadow on the left side of his nose? That's what you want to look for to get a nice 3d looking image. Everyone always says to look at where the catchlights are, but that doesn't help me much. I like to look at the shadows on the face. Much easier for me to see. In fact, I'm always looking at the shadows now, even when I don't have my camera in my hands I think it looks a touch bright. Is anything blown on it?
#6 - Look at that light! Look at this one, and analyze how you had her place in relation to the window. Try to recreate that again! I might warm it up just a little bit. You want to watch where the baseboard is cutting into her. You probably don't want it right at her neck/shoulders like that. I think you might want to have it more across her chest instead, though I may be completely wrong on that!
#7/8 - I think that the second edit looks better, and that's because it's a little less grey. I think what he likes about the first one would be that there's a little more definition in the first. So my suggestion would be to try adding a little bit of contrast to the second and see if he likes that better
Thanks for the CC. I use PS CS5.
He was facing the oposite direction in #2 than she was in #1. So that explains the lighting. It is impossible for me to "position" them still. Once they get older, maybe I'll be able to get them to stand/sit still for 10 seconds instead of 2.
3. I've been focusing so much on trying to get eye level with them, that I never even thought about how being slightly above could help with the catchlights! And I didn't realize it until you said so, that what was bugging me about this one was the hand-chop. Next time maybe I can get someone else to go with DH and me, so that I'm not needing to stay right up close to keep them from falling off the bench/ tripping and falling, etc.
4. I sometimes worry about making them too warm. I'm not sure why though, because when I see other pictures, I prefer slightly warm to slightly cool.
5. Thanks. This was my friend's favorite picture of the one's I took. She made it her FB profile pic. The shirt looks like it might be a little blown. I'll see what I can do.
6. There are 3 windows in a row in this small (9x9ish) room. She was roughly in the middle of the room. I got lucky with this shot, and a few others. Nearly everytime I turned her to face the window, she would turn right back around. Looking at her skin, it almost looks like I used PS to give it that look. I didn't touch her skin though. Gotta love how smooth and creamy a baby's skin is.
You have received some great CC. I don't have much to add other than, don't get down if there aren't replies right away. I know a lot of times I look and then exit off and then come back and give CC. You are doing great. My fave is #6.
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