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7.3 Image Processing

So that was a lot of information to take in, but Photo Mechanic is a great tool for sorting photos. Those techniques of editing through photos can be used in Photo Mechanic and Adobe Bridge as well. So now we have all of our photos in a raw folder, let's quickly go through some of my basic editing techniques. So here we are in the raw folder. You can see the dot CR2 for raws. I shoot exclusively raws. The amount of information that they have inside them is amazing, and I can't imagine living without them, same with Photo Mechanic. Let's start with light room why don't we. I'm not gonna get too deep into this program, there's lots of other tutorials that are more specific. But here we have all of our photos, which I have previously imported through a very simple importing Window here, so we could skip that. I've already edited this assignment in Light Room. I go between light room and Photoshop, depending on what I'm doing and depending on the assignment. This assignment was really big and it would have taken days to do all of these individually in Photoshop. But I do find that Photoshop is a bit better fine tuned for editing photos. Here we go, we move from library mode to develop mode. I am sure most people have seen this program. Before, but just a quick run through. Here is the navigator of the photo you're working on. Here is the history, you can click through changes that you've made to these files. This is where you make changes to those files. You can change the exposure, contrast, color. Again, everyone here is a fairly advanced photography, so I'm sure they're familiar with this. But this is a great way to quickly go through and really get your photos really good very quickly. Also this paintbrush tool is amazing. You can select certain areas to bring a change and bring up the highlights. That's a little extreme there but maybe also you can go back and readjust stuff you've done to make it a little less extreme so for instance, go through my history, here's the original, here's our first brush stroke, which is too much, and here's our second brush stroke, which is a little better. What you can see there I was changing with the brightness, exposure, sorry, but there's lots of other options. Colors, contrast, and that's a good way to highlight and bring out certain areas of the photo. Which I do in a lot more detail in Photoshop, but yeah again really just depending on what's going on there, like what the photo's final product, you know a print for a wall. I'm gonna edit a lot more detail than you know, a smaller photo, but that being said, you should always really work your photos the best you can. And have them as presentable as you can, no matter what the assignment is for. So, yeah. Go through, edit your photos, do your adjustments. And then, once you're done there, this is one of my very favorite things about Light Room, is the export tool. So here we go Export, so our photos are all edited, and they're ready to go. Lightroom works great, it just creates a preview full file file from your raw's, and then applies the changes that you set to that raw file so you're not moving and copying a lot of stuff. Here, we have export locations, so I'll do a few different exports most times. I'll do a downsized export to whatever the publication needs, then I'll do a full size export just so I have it for future, when I'm going to go and archive these photos. Pretty straightforward there. I put that in this send file under the specific assignment. Make that. Go through here. File name, I usually don't rename it but you have the option there. Image format. Color space. Quickly on color space I just go with Adobe SRGB. Some people prefer Adobe RGB, apparently it's better for colors but SRG is better for the web and better for screens most of the time. I just go with SRGB, I've barely, never had an editor even comment on it. Here you can change the quality, the JPEG percentage that it's being saved, which is a good function. Here you can resize these photos to whatever you want, which is great or you can just leave it as is, you don't have to resize it if you don't want. And yeah, a few other little options that might be helpful. And then you hit export. And it puts all of your photos, exports them, runs through it real quickly. And then your photos ready, cooked and ready for delivery. Next option we have for editing photos is everyone's favorite, the classic Photoshop. Another great option, in Photo Mechanic, is setting up your preferences, like I talked about before, for, is it launching, yes. Maybe. Yes. So, I have it set up, although it's not showing up here which is mildly embarrassing, if you set Photoshop here to be the default application for editing photos, default application to manage photos, and then you select Photoshop as your favorite. So with your preference you have it set to Photoshop you select the photos you want to edit in your Photoshop, your predetermined program. What is it? Cmd + E, which is edit photos, here it is. Image edit photos, so Cmd+E and pushing and booyeah, opens in Photoshop, which we can then go and make our changes. Again, here, most people are already gonna know this, raw, preview, full editor which is a great bonus for me in Photoshop. Lots of really powerful editing tool here. You can just edit your photos pretty good straight off the batch. And then of course I like to open my images at full size. Everything down here. Open images I'm just going to open up one. Computer seems to be running slower than usual, of course. I have my photo here. One trick that I like is, I have an action set for opening a new image. So I have an action set, so it adds a bunch of different layers to, adjustment layers, to my image. And I also have it set for F1 being the command key. So every photo that comes in, I run this action on it, and I'll show you what it does. So here in our layers, we just have the background image. I'm gonna hit the command key. [SOUND] There we go. [LAUGH] F1, okay. So what it has done is applied all of these adjustment layers that I potentially want to use to edit this photo. I use these adjustment layers all the time because they don't actually effect the photo, they're a little easier going. And also, if you save the photo as a .psd file, save as, Photoshop file right here. It will keep this information for future so you can open this photo and maybe give it a little more contrast in the future if you want. So that's a good option. But yeah, some basic stuff here that most people know about. Levels, yada, yada, yada. From there I will just manually save the photo out, into what ever folder I want to save it as. Pretty straight forward. There you have it. That is the basics of my photo editing workflow. So, now I have a folder full of edited photos ready to be captioned and then transmitted.

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