A Professional Photographer Describes His RAW Workflow

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For non-professionals who’ve always wondered what it’s like to shoot in RAW and how it’s done, here’s one photographer’s description of his own workflow, describing the process from start to finish, with more than a few tips inserted in between.

This could be useful for those who never needed to shoot in RAW because JPEG seemed to be just fine for the snapshots that go straight to the printing kiosk, but know in the back of their heads that RAW may offer more.

Carl Ebrey, a wedding photographer in the UK, says a typical RAW photo shoot for him uses up around 5GB to 6GB of CompactFlash. He processes his photos on a 20″ iMac with 2GB RAM.

In an article for the Digital Photography School, Ebrey describes how he does his digital photo processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. While not intended as a crash course, the article gives the novice a taste and feel of a professional photographer’s workflow.

Is Noise Ninja useful here? You bet, says Carl; you just go Lightroom -> Noise Ninja -> done. It even works for the snapshooter’s JPEG photos.

[Via: Digital-Photography-School.com]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.