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December 19, 2011

Adobe Lightroom – Getting The Most Out Of Your Raw Files

In this Lightroom 3 video tutorial Ill go through my workflow when it comes to enhancing Raw files.  Get the most out of your camera and get the best prints possible by shooting Raw!! Lightroom 3 is a  image/video database manager that also happens to be the best raw processing program out there in my opinion.

I notice Raw shooting become more and more prominent in the Sony alpha community. I also have played with the Sony raw files from the a580, a77, Nex-5N, and they all develop really well. You would be amazed at how much you can bring back from the highlights and bring out from the shadows. Not to mention fixing the color, contrast, sharpness, noise, crop, etc…

Sit back and enjoy yourself in this 30+ minute Adobe lightroom 3 video tutorial that covers  all sorts of enhancing methodes and concepts. I will be developing several some what recent photos I took using the Canon T3i, Sony a55, and Canon 5D Mark II. I chose a nice variety of photos ranging from flowers, dogs, and waterfalls. We will cover basic developing such as: highlights, shadows, lens correction, discuss the tone curve a bit, vignette, adjustment brush, clone/ healing tool, cropping, and more… A must watch if your interested in Raw and Lightroom. I made this video for my other website so don’t worry about the branding; It’s me 🙂

Please feel free to fire away if you have any questions!! Also, be sure to watch this in Full Screen 1080 HD Quality!!



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  1. Jason

    Great tutorial. I have been processing my raw files in LR for about 2 years and enjoying seeing how another photographer approaches their raw processing. I find LR is one of my “must-have” tools when wanting to present my best work. One quick idea for you: I noticed a couple of times in the video where you adjusted the vibrance and mentioned how the blues in the sky are particularly affected as well as the green of the grass going “nuclear’ if over done. One idea is to adjust the vibrancy for an overall pleasing effect and if there is one color too over-baked, you can then go into the Hue/Saturation/Luminance module and adjust each color individually to fit more into the scene the way which pleases you. I often back off the luminance and gives the sky a little more of a believable shade of blue.

    Thanks again!

    • Jay


      Thanks for the comments and sorry it took so long for the reply 😉 That is a great example of how there are many ways to do everything in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop!!

      Another way to achieve the same thing is to simple paint with the adjustment brush using vibrancy at a lower opacity. This way you can really dial in the precision with the brush tool.


  2. Steve

    Adobe seems to give Sony only a very basic coverage when it comes to lens profiles. I use DxO Optics Pro to process my RAW images and it automatically makes the necessary corrections for the various camera model/lens combinations. DxO gives much greater coverage than Adobe does in this area.

    • Jay

      Thanks for the comments Steve! I’ve heard this before, and I actually downloaded the trial DxO 7 already and plan on trying it asap!! Thanks again 😉 I’ll write an article about it once I try it, so look out for that in the near future. I really need to get the a580 review done first though!!


      • Steve

        Wow….you are fast Jay. I’m not trying to diss LR3 as I do use it but only after processing the RAW in DxO. Speaking of the A580, I was tempted to get it instead of the A77 but for me personally even though it has an OVF it just seemed a bit too limiting and dark for me. The results I’ve seen from the camera are very good and almost makes me wish that Sony had put that sensor in the A77. But that’s a whole other argument.


      • Jay

        Depends on the time of day 😉 No worries about Lightroom, you are totally correct their Sony support is far from good. I just don’t get why they don’t have every lens loaded in there for all cameras? How hard could it be to put a few guys on that at Adobe? I guess harder than we know. I’m looking forward to trying DxO!

        As far as the 16mp a580 sensor vs the 24mp a77 sensor argument? Their both really good, but that translucent mirror takes a little bit away from the a77 in my opinion. The Nex-7 doesn’t have this issue though! The a580 takes a cleaner sharper image in low light for sure and is better for studio work than the a77 in my opinion.


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