My First RAW Edit
Believe it or not, this image is my first edit using RAW format. Just like many others budding photographers, I was afraid that RAW was this foreign language; a breed that required massive amounts of Lightroom knowledge to tame. Today I realized, shooting in RAW actually makes your image like a blank canvas, and that’s an amazing thing to have when editing a photo.
This image was originally shot at f/2.0 using the Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm lens on a GH4. The exposure was bright, there was a huge spot on my grandmother’s hand and behind her was the reflection of a night stand. After adding a vignette and quite a few adjustment brushes, you have the image above.
Another huge thing I learned when editing this image is how truly non-destructive Lightroom really is. I was anticipating a huge drop in quality when I exported from RAW to JPEG. I would actually go as far as to say I felt my image popped more after being exported, and I suppose that’s due to the fact that RAW files are naturally soft.
Regardless, my point of this post is to urge you to experiment with RAW images. Lightroom is very simple yet very powerful and trust me when I say, your images will thank you.