STE P BY STE P
No file? no problem!
Make sure your start file is on an external hard drive, then you’re ready to go
01 Import a photo First, go to File>Import Photos and Video. Browse to your external hard drive and select TYLR09.dng. Click on Add. Leave the Build Smart Previews box unticked. Click on Import. Go to the histogram window and click on the Original Photo box. A Smart Preview dialog will appear.
02 Build the Smart Preview Click on Build Smart Preview. A dialog will shortly appear indicating that ‘One Smart Preview was built’. Click on OK. Below the histogram window, a label shows that you have the original file plus a Smart Preview version. Disconnect your hard drive. Only the Smart Preview label will be visible.
03 Dismiss the warning If you click on the Smart Preview label below the histogram, a dialog will appear indicating that the photo is missing or offline, but can be edited using its Smart Preview. Click on OK to dismiss it. Any standard preview photos in the Library that were on the external drive will feature a ‘!’ symbol.
04 Analyse the histogram Take the photo into the Develop module. You can see from the histogram that it lacks shadow information. Drag the Exposure slider to -0.20 and the Blacks slider to -23. You now have some dark black pixels present in the picture. For some contrasting highlights, drag Whites right to +39.
05 Boost the colours To tease out texture in the rocky mid-tones, drag Clarity to +31. This slightly increases the spread of the clipped highlights in the whites of the waves, but detail in these areas is negligible. Boost Vibrance to +40 to increase the saturation of ‘natural’ colours such as the blue sky.
06 Reconnect the drive Finished editing? Reconnect your hard drive. If you look below your TYLR09.dng photo’s histogram, the ‘Original+ Smart Preview’ label will have reappeared. All the changes that you made to the Smart Preview will be ‘applied’ to the RAW version of the photo on the external drive.