The previous post gave an overview description of key steps in the conversion of a RAW file to JPEG (or TIFF) – sans details or illustrations except for beginning and ending images. Next we’ll go one step deeper (we’ll go deeper still into the nitty-gritty later). It will provide a brief illustration of each of the start to end steps – without much detail and using the same image as shown in the previous overview post.
If you missed the PP Software background post, you can find it here.
Here’s how we’ll proceed for the remainder of this (poorly named) Quick Pass.
We’ll take a brief overview look at the effects of the following adjustments (clicking on an item will take you to the post) –
- White Balance
- Highlight & Shadow Recovery
- Color Contrast
- Selective Brightness in the form of Darken/Lighten the image center & border (included at the end of #4)
I’ll break each of these steps into a separate posts to make the Quick part of this end-to-end overview seem less like War and Peace.
For a few of the above we’ll look at the difference between applying the adjustment uniformly to the entire image (usually not what you want) or applying it selectively. The ease or difficulty in applying selective adjustments are usually what separates winners from losers in PP programs. For example, they all can adjust contrast and color – but, can they apply it only to a specific area of your choosing – and achieve a natural appearing result without you laboring over your computer for hours? This aspect of PP will be explored extensively in later posts.
We’ll examine each of the above five steps – and many more – in more detail in future posts. We’ll look at different ways to accomplish the same objective with a single program. Further, when useful, we’ll look at how different programs approach the same task. As in many things, there is no single “right answer”. Know all of the options and tricks and choose the one(s) that are best for you.
Now – on to an overview of White Balance post processing.