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I still remember how I felt the first time I discovered the true power of Adobe Photoshop. I was stunned.

I’d been using the creative program since my year 10 photography teacher first introduced it to me. I was obsessed with it [and still am]. I loved creating abstract images, playing with typography and retouching portraits. In fact, I even had people asking me to edit their photos for them with cool effects. LOL. Those were the days.

Since then, I’ve been using Photoshop for just about everything. Although I’m no longer running my professional photography business (because I am pursuing my career in blogging), I heavily relied on Photoshop when it came to giving my clients professional, high-quality images. There was just no other program like it, and there still isn’t.

 

“A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.” – Peter Adams

 

As mentioned in my Tried & Tested Tips for Blogging Beginners post, I like it RAW. The photo format, of course.

I gave up shooting Jpegs a few years ago now & will never go back. Sure, the file size is smaller & they’re easily recognizable on all devices; But the loss of quality and just the overall loss of control you lose isn’t worth it. RAW files are the way to go. Take my word for it.

You see, Adobe Photoshop gives you so much more control over your images when you shoot in RAW. The expansion “Adobe Camera Raw” is what will load when you open your file. Here, you can customise just about everything: from exposure to clarity, sharpness & white balance. In fact, if you learned the ins & outs of Camera Raw, you’d barely need to do any more work in Photoshop afterward.

 

Here’s what Camera Raw looks like –

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Although I haven’t experimented with the entirety of Camera Raw, the tools I have used are incredible. I’m currently discovering more of the program & will be updating you along the way.

Here’s what I tend to play around with inside Camera Raw:

  • White Balance: Because the lighting isn’t always right, this tool is perfect for adjusting the white balance. Get rid of the nasty blues from the winter sky & banish the bright yellow rays from the sunny summer days.
  • Exposure: Bump it up for a brighter shot, especially on darker days. If you can’t get your exposure low enough because of restrictions on your lens, you can adjust it here. Perfecto.
  • Contrast: I tend not to go crazy with contrast as I prefer my images to be soft and feminine more so than bright and bold. But if that’s your style, here is where you would really boost the contrast.
  • Highlights: Blown out highlights are a thing of the past with the highlights tool. You can boost your highlights or use it for it mains cause – to pull the whites back down and revive highlights/washed out/over exposed areas.
  • Shadows: Darken or lighten shadows easily with this tool. So simple.
  • Whites: Brighten & boost up your whites with this tool. Be careful not to go too overboard as it may wash out your image – great for flat lays!
  • Blacks: Darken blacks & remove greys. Fantastic for flat lays also. Removes shine off black packaging.
  • Clarity: Boosts the overall sharpness of the image and gives more texture to items that need it.
  • Vibrance: Different to the saturation tool, vibrance will give a softer boost of colour.
  • Saturation: A tool that’s been around for a long time. Bump up this one if your photo is a little dull. Be careful not to over saturate your images though!

 

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Here are a few examples of how just using Camera Raw can majorly improve your photos
*Note: these haven’t been retouched in Photoshop yet, just purely Camera Raw

 

Photoshop 101: How To Edit Raw Photos | ElleyMae.com

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For my blog photos, I then go ahead and add my custom watermark at 20% opacity to my photo. You can learn how to easily make your own here – it literally takes 5 minutes & will protect you in the long run.

Whilst I definitely add my watermark to my Instagram photos too, I also create a custom white border for each. If you’re not into creating a border for each photo because of how long it might take you, especially when you’re first learning Photoshop, there are loads of great apps that can help get your photos ready for publishing. Here’s a few of the apps I have on my phone.

So, if you’re still not convinced that shooting in RAW is for you, hold in there. Something amazing is on the horizon for all you budding bloggers & I just can’t wait to share it with you all. Until my next post – keep shooting, keep editing and have fun doing it! That’s what this blogging business is all about after all!

 

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How To Edit Raw Photos in Photoshop | There's a reason pro photographers shoot in RAW not Jpeg & today you're going to find out. Shooting in RAW not only allows you to gain more control over your camera, your photo & your settings but you have so much more customisation in Adobe Photoshop editing. Learn more at ElleyMae.com

How To Edit Raw Photos in Photoshop | There's a reason pro photographers shoot in RAW not Jpeg & today you're going to find out. Shooting in RAW not only allows you to gain more control over your camera, your photo & your settings but you have so much more customisation in Adobe Photoshop editing. Learn more at ElleyMae.com How To Edit Raw Photos in Photoshop | There's a reason pro photographers shoot in RAW not Jpeg & today you're going to find out. Shooting in RAW not only allows you to gain more control over your camera, your photo & your settings but you have so much more customisation in Adobe Photoshop editing. Learn more at ElleyMae.com

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