Adobe Bridge [Maintaining High Quality Photographs – Editing in Camera Raw versus Photoshop]
RAW files (“digital negatives”) – Some ADVANTAGES:
White Balance – Cameras are designed to photograph in nicely lit conditions of pure white-light, which makes it harder to capture good images when light-levels are low, or the sun isn’t perfect. However, RAW files capture all of the information about the white balance in “all white balance settings.” This means that regardless of the white balance setting your camera is set on, the files will still maintain information about the white balance that may not have pertained to the particular setting you were shooting on.
Larger Color Space:
- Standard RGB Files – 24 bit (8 bits of color per channel)
- RAW Files – 36 bit (12 bits of color per channel)
- What this means – you can edit and process your photos with a much larger color range, allowing you to change the settings in order to fix color that the photograph seemed not to capture the way your eye had seen it.
Adobe Bridge (digital asset management software) – Getting in the habit of managing, viewing, and editing your photographs in Adobe Bridge has many advantages. Using Bridge as opposed to iPhoto or a something similar not only makes finding, sorting, organizing, and rating your photos, as well as graphics, videos, and other digital assets easy, but it also enables you to edit your photographs without losing some of the original quality every time you save it. In addition, because Bridge is an Adobe program, when you want to edit a photo in a program like Fireworks or Photoshop, it makes it easy to save another copy in the same location because the other program was opened through Bridge, and by default, photos are saved in their original folder.
Editing in Camera Raw vs Photoshop
What is Camera RAW?
Camera Raw is an editor inside of Bridge that allows you to edit RAW files without losing any data from the original negative. For starters, shooting in RAW, (common filetype option on DSLR cameras), is a smart choice for photographers who want to capture high quality images with the ability to edit copies and still maintain the original overtime. Editing in Camera RAW saves your edits as a part of the RAW file by default, making it easy to retrieve all of the original information if you’re unhappy with your edits. Another advantage of editing in Camera RAW includes the ability to edit color in a 36 bit space, whereas photoshop edits within the 24 bit JPEG space by default.
How to Edit in Camera Raw: Edit–>Open in Camera Raw
By Olivia Combemale