Earlier in the week I went along to another judging night at the Waverley Camera Club. Like the first meeting I went to, hearing the comments from the Judge, Peter Ryan, was quite informative:
- being technically correct (focus, DOF, exposure, etc) isn’t enough
- don’t take the same photo as everyone else, be different
- what is cropped out is often more important than what is left in
- removing distracting elements from the edges
- ditch the rule of thirds and other ‘traditional’ rules
- push objects of interest into the corners
- use diagonals to draw interest around the frame
He also briefly talked about how he processes his images; from shooting in DNG and the programs he uses for various tasks.
This made me think again about my digitial workflow, which is currently:
- Shoot in JPEG
- Copy files to date based directories with a perl script that uses ExifTool
- Using Picasa:
- Review photos and delete unwanted ones
- Basic editing (cropping, colour adjustment)
- Export to JPEG
I need to change the first step which is to start shooting in RAW, specifically CR2. But where do I go from there?
- Do I leave them as CR2 or do I convert them to DNG? This is supposed to be better for long term support.
- Copying the files from the CF card based on the EXIF data will continue to work after I change my script to look beyond JPEG files.
- Picasa does support RAW files (both CR2 and DNG), but it doesn’t give the control that a program with proper RAW support gives. I have installed Canon Digital Photo Professional which came with my camera, but there are plenty of other tools (mostly non-free).
- If I batch update the white balance of the photos, do I then have two copies to manage?
It is a lot to think about. My next step will be to read through explanations of other people’s workflows that I have bookmarked.