Open the photographs in a tool like DxO Optics or Digital Photo Professional or Raw Therapee or UFRaw or Photoshop. Use the default settings applied by the tool. After all photos have been processed, delete RAW to free up space.
I have started a new photography project. Though I had scanned most of my paper photographs using a scanner, they are quite small in size (compared to the sizes we are accustomed to today). The size was primarily because these photos were scanned almost 10 years ago and storage space was not as readily available as it is today.
I have started taking pictures of each photograph using the DSLR. I am using the 18-55mm kit lens and am shooting in RAW so as to make minor adjustments.
The initial results are quite encouraging.
A few evenings ago, a Plain Tiger butterfly flew into my house. I was pretty excited and took out my DSLR for a few pictures. As it was dark outside, the room was lit with a tube-light. I was shooting on aperture mode.
To add some brightness to the scene, I decided to use a mobile as a flashlight (to light the subject). One of the images I got was this.
I was planning to delete the image but decided to play with the settings. I dropped the image into a RAW photo editor and played around with the settings.
One of the settings was for ‘Highlights’. I set the value to zero and this is what I got.
Just for comparison, here is another image that I shot without the flashlight.
It was pretty amazing. A totally unexpected result. I am sure that many people will advise me against such action, but I am pleased with the effect.
Now, I need to understand how that parameter affects images.
With a DSLR, the stark reality of space keeps staring you in the face. Recently, I shot a few hundred pictures using RAW format and the size ended up being around 5.5GB. While going through the pictures, I obviously deleted the bad ones, but am still left with 60. I have converted the RAW images into JPEG, thus adding to the space requirements. Now the question is, should I delete the RAW and keep only the JPEGs? Alternately, I can delete the JPEG and keep the RAW as it is always possible to generate the JPEG from the RAW.
Am undecided and hence going with the ‘retain all’ option.
Recently, I shot a couple of pumpkins in RAW format. The size of each RAW file was around 25MB. Then I converted the RAW to JPEG and deleted the RAW files. Now I am wondering if I need to retain the JPEG at its full resolution of 5184 x 3456 (17.92 mega pixel resolution) (~6MB each file). It is not like I am going to print the images at high resolution. It may be prudent to reduce the image to 25% its original size.
Though I have been taking pictures using RAW mode, I have yet to get a good RAW workflow in place. As I am not part of any photography group, most of the RAW processing trials that I try on the photos may leave much to be desired (this is with the assumption that the photo itself is ‘decent’ in the first place). I keep fiddling many of the controls, like exposure, clarity, vibrance and try to get a decent effect. But I still need to work a lot on this skill.
It goes without mentioning that the foremost thing I need to try and do is get sharp pictures (without a tripod, which I am reluctant to purchase) and also learn to compose a ‘good’ frame.