Orange Bus

Orange Bus

As I was planning the 50ft memberships I took a few hours and dug through the past few years of my photo library to find images not yet shared here on the site. As I shoveled through thumbnails I noticed a number of images that I liked but needed a little more love in post processing work. Images like the one above of a nearly empty bus in Korea.

Since buying the Fiji X-Pro have been debating on whether or not to ignore internal camera processing and use only RAW images. The trick is that most modern mirrorless and compact digital cameras tend to bake into basic image correction based on the lens and sensor giving you ideal images using internal camera processing yet I still fill up my hard drives with JPG+RAW files because RAWs offer that little bit of extra dynamic range that can come in really handy if I don’t get my exposure right when I take a shot. Still though, most of the time I get pretty close to my ideal shot straight out of the camera and the JPG file is my path of least resistance to getting the image I had in mind as I shot it.

This image above is an example of a mediocre exposure in camera where I blew more highlights than I wanted to so I used the RAW image and more post processing work to flesh it out. In this case I took liberties with the post work and shifted the whole tone of the image to suit my needs, so much in fact, that I ended up saving the adjustments as a new ‘preset’ for future use. One I’m sure you will see used again down the line because my home baked preset/starting points also show the evolution of my own personal taste in the tone of my own photography. It has shifted a number of times through the years because I love to explore new approaches and aesthetics to achieve different moods and emotional responses through the finishing touches of a photograph.

How about you, fellow photographers? JPG or RAW, and do you enjoy the challenge of finding your own way when setting up your post processing or do you like to lean on preset packs such as those from VSCO and others?

Comments

  1. Abhishek - January 31, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I like to process RAW and compare it to one or two presets in my image editor program (Pixelmator). For me, processing RAW is a journey unique to each photograph. Presets do not always recognize the exact mood I am feeling with the photograph. I also find presets limit my ability to stumble upon a new feeling, vibration, whatever you may call it as I continue to evolve as a photographer.

    I am an amateur photographer and my methodology exposes it. It may not apply to more seasoned photographers with established personal styles.

  2. Ben E - January 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Since I bought a Fuji X100 last year, I hardly take any RAW at all. The camera jpegs are great and still tweakable in Lightroom if needed.

    But I’m really enjoying more immediacy in my photography: taking photos and sharing over WiFi straight away. Not languishing in a Lightroom queue which was happening when I shot everything in RAW.

    Presets are fine – really good as a learning tool if you want to develop your own look.

  3. John Carey - February 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I think a big part of this choice is which camera system you are using as well. With my Canon 5D I am straight RAW because it offers an uncompromising image but I also agree that many cameras offer such wonderful out of camera JPG images that fiddling with RAW can be frivolous.

    I love the idea of sharing from photos over WiFi but have yet to try it out and get a feel for that convenience.

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