Blayke turns one
next week. We did a photoshoot.
It's come up a couple times recently, so I just thought I'd mention my (fairly minimalist) photo workflow:
- Shoot (raw).
- Use the Adobe dng converter to convert .nef (Nikon raw) to .dng.
- Open the dngs in the Photoshop digital negative viewer.
- Sort the wheat from the chaff, adjust exposure, temperature, and saturation.
- Save the good stuff as jpgs, or tif if it's a print.
- Maybe do some work on them in Photoshop proper, e.g. airbrushing and vignetting.
I'm not sure how it compares to Lightroom and Picasa and such, but the dng viewer
is a pretty good way to browse an image set. Thumbnails on the left, image in the center, and just the right amount of darkroom-style toolery. Adjustments can be made to group-selected images, since lighting conditions tend to be similar.
Not that proper exposure is unimportant, but sometimes you've zip tie a camera to the back of a motorcycle and let the matrix metering go to town. So there can be over- or underexposure
Not to worry; raw captures light range beyond the standard histogram bounds
. But you have to make sure your editor hasn't already truncated those sections of the histo.
But yeah, most editing can be taken care of right there in the viewer.