Shoot Like a PRO 101
Disclaimer: This is to teach you guys how to do it the right way. Sorry if I’m a Mac user, but if you could bear with my tutorial, here you go. Oh, and I’m no professional photographer either. This is designed to those who haven’t discover yet the potentials of digital photography.
How to do everything like the PRO’s do?
While most of us enthusiasts are really curious about the world, we are also curious about why RAW is a flexible format. Everyone said it’s the file format of post-processing, or let’s say, it’s a film negative equivalent.
In RAW imaging, it’s like this: Open your iPhoto, and choose a RAW file. You’ll see that the white balance is set to its native number.
So here are the basics that you should know…
Step One: Shoot in RAW
Shooting in RAW gives you the advantage and opportunities to post-process your photos with ease and flexibility. However, the downside is, shooting in RAW consumes memory space and it will take you a long time to post-process everything in RAW. Aside from that, you should have a post-processing software just to have your RAW file viewed. Luckily, the Mac has iPhoto pre-installed in it.
For Windows users, don’t worry, your DSLR might be supplied a software designed to view and to edit RAW images.
Step Two: Upload your photos in photo-organizing apps such as iPhoto.
iPhoto isn’t only designed for organizing and arranging photos, it also has built-in HDR through the help of reducing shadows.
If you happen to use Windows, I really can’t answer your question since I really find it more comfortable to edit photos in Mac. Well, here’s the thing: Macs provide everything for you and it’s much more ideal to use Photoshop in Mac, I just don’t know why.
iPhoto is one of the most reliable software (or maybe Photoshop Elements, but I haven’t tried one yet) to quickly edit and post-process photos, for Macintosh, that is.
Step Three: Always have Lightroom 3 installed on your computer
You won’t actually survive if you d0n’t have Lightroom installed, just in case you want to make your sky bluer than ever.
There are things that Lightroom could do that Photoshop cannot as is do. Perspective control is one of them, and without any doubt, Lightroom does it faster than Photoshop. Of course, you may change the white balance if you want, but make sure you drag the post-processed photo directly from iPhoto. It is still in RAW I think, but it seems more convenient since it helps you edit more and of course, experiment.
Step Four: Always have Photoshop installed on your computer
This is actually a photo combined with two photos, resulting from preference of tint done in Lightroom.
Of course, with the post-processing thing, watermarking is very important. This is to protect your photos just in case someone else uses it.
Although according to the Digital Photography Manual, Photoshop is a very expensive software which is very complicated to use, and some of the features there will never be used by an average enthusiast. However, this one is very helpful when creating effects and of course, watermarking photos.
Also, having Photoshop doesn’t only give you the advantage of watermarking photos, it may also let you create effects or maybe combine two pictures, then set the blend mode to either Multiply or Soft Light.
Take note: Unless you’re going to download it straight from the Internet, Photoshop IS a really hard-to-get software. Downloading it is “easy,” but look, it will ask you for a serial number for verification, and I really discourage cracks. It doesn’t help actually, so rather search for serial numbers if you want.
I am not advocating piracy, but just to be practical, you have to download at your own risk.
Posted on December 31, 2011, in deviantArt, Online Tutorials, Photography, Shoot Like a PRO 101, Tutorials and tagged online tutorial, photography, photoshop, post-processing, RAW, shoot, software, tutorial. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.