Let’s All Process the Same RAW File #7

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Thanks for a great response to this week’s RAW challenge.  It seems everybody likes processing landscape image!

Last week Mark Dumbleton supplied us with a lovely landscape image from Dead Vlei which resulted in more than 30 processed images sent back.

As always it’s great to see how many different interpretations you guys came up with.  How many ways there are to process the same RAW file.  And then you still get people who say they do not process their RAW images??

So here goes with a gallery of all the images we received this week.

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Great to see all the different versions of this Namibia image.

As always, here goes with this week’s video in which we have a quick look through the images received and see what we can learn from them.

Normally I would then do a quick edit of the image to show you how I would have gone about processing it but this week it’s slightly different.  As you might have seen, last week we launched out 2013 Mara dates at a function at the Wild Eye offices so I took the opportunity of having a few of the Wild Eye Ambassadors there to do something else with this week’s edit.

Our rules were simple.

Mark Dumbleton, Andrew Aveley, Andrew Beck and myself each had 2 minutes to process the landscape image.  Oh, and Jono also did a version just before then.


Well, because it seemed like a fun exercise and it also goes to show that processing your images, regardless of what you do with them, does not have to take a long time.  Remember – you’re a photographer.  Not a Lightroomer.

So, here goes with a look back at last week, our two-minute-processing challenge and a look at the RAW file for next week.

So there you go.  A wrap in our first landscape image.  Will definitely have another one coming up soon.

This week’s file is a bit of a repeat of the underexposed bird file Adrian Wright sent in two weeks ago.

No, not the same file but something similar – this one comes from Andrew Beck and shows a very underexposed hippo in pretty bright water.

Why do the underexpose thing again?  Well, I though that since so many people struggled with the previous one – so much so that I received a few emails saying they cannot do it, we should give it another go.

This is the image you have to ‘rescue’ this week.

Tough one?

Perhaps but I think a great image for us to focus on a number of things.

Exposure, skew horizon, cropping – just a few of the things you need to consider when attacking this image.  I run through a few thoughts in the video so check it out if you need a bit of a push start.

So, the goal for this one is – natural!

Yes, again!

In wildlife photography the goal is to show your subject as naturally as possible – no additions, no excessive ‘photoshopping’.

So, to recap and to confirm some of the ‘rules’ for this week:

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  • Only Lightroom or Camera RAW – no Photoshop yet! (We’ll get there soon!)
  • No external plugins
  • No black and white
  • Couple of hints and tips in the video
  • Save as a JPEG of 800px at the longest side
  • Email your version of the image to photography@wild-eye.co.za
  • You have until Thursday 22 November to send your edited images in!
  • For more info make sure to check out the video above
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There you go!

Even if you aren’t sure where to start give it a bash.  It’s the only way to learn.

If you have a RAW file you would like to submit drop it to me in an email at gerry@wild-eye.co.zaand I will make a plan to get it into one of the upcoming videos.

Look forward to see what you do with this hippo!


Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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