Raw Processing: can you avoid the computer entirely?

Raw Processing: can you avoid the computer entirely?

Yes, you can! Many DSLRs now have their own raw converters built in via their in-camera editing menu. You can even adjust raw parameters before saving a JPEG conversion. Here are 8 simple things you can do to save yourself time on the computer.

Raw Processing: can you avoid the computer entirely?

01 Image quality
Use this setting to choose the image quality (Fine, Normal or Basic) for your converted JPEG file

02 Image size
Choose from Large, Medium or Small image sizes, just as if you were setting your camera up for shooting

03 White Balance
Your chance to try out different White Balance presets, all exactly matching the regular preset when shooting

04 Exposure compensation
Exploits the slightly wider dynamic range of raw files to make small exposure corrections (up to -1EV or +2EV, say)

05 Picture Control
Try out different treatments for your photos, from Vivid to Landscape – or create an in-camera black and white conversion complete with filters and toning!

06 High ISO noise reduction
Change the noise reduction applied to high ISO shots – less noise reduction means more detail but more grain

07 Color Space
Choose sRGB for casual use, on-screen display or web, or Adobe RGB for images being published commercially

08 D-Lighting or ALO
In Nikon cameras an Active D-Lighting mode will change the exposure and use software to bring up the shadows. In the Retouch menu, however, there’s another D-Lighting option which can’t change the exposure but is still  useful for lightening dark shadows.

Canon cameras use a similar technology called Auto Lighting Optimizer, which is a little more subtle in its effect than Nikon’s D-Lighting. Sony cameras incorporate a similar Dynamic Range Optimizer function, as do other camera brands.

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