Edit a Cam­era Raw file

Re­cover miss­ing tonal de­tail

iCreate - - PHOTOS -

Be­fore and after

It can be easy to over cook

(or over process) a Raw file’s colours and tones so that they look too gar­ish. Tap here to see how the edited ver­sion com­pares to the un­pro­cessed orig­i­nal Raw file.

Knowl­edge base Raw

The term ‘Cam­era Raw’ refers to an un­com­pressed file cre­ated in-cam­era. There’s no uni­ver­sal Cam­era Raw for­mat. Dif­fer­ent cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers use their own Raw for­mat. Nikon Raw files have an .NEF suf­fix. Canon Raw files end in .CR2. Ap­ple’s Pho­tos app should be able to read Raw for­mat files from most cam­era brands.

Del­i­cate de­tails

In the un­pro­cessed ver­sion of our shot the over-ex­posed sky and sea ap­pear as white. After pro­cess­ing the Raw for­mat file in the Pho­tos app we can see del­i­cate sea spray and sub­tle cloud de­tail.

Se­lec­tive ad­just­ments

The Light panel has a range of se­lec­tive tone-ad­just­ing tools that en­able you to lighten high­lights with­out un­der­ex­pos­ing shad­ows. The Bril­liance slider helps re­veal del­i­cate mid­tone de­tails such as the sea spray.

Colour tweaks

When bright­en­ing un­der­ex­posed shad­ows newly re­vealed ar­eas can look a lit­tle drab. Boost saturation for a more vi­brant-look­ing shot. You can also warm up a cold colour cast for health­ier­look­ing skin tones.

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