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The way I process my images
written by Nori

A few considerations:

  1. Exposure Mode: Mostly shoot in manual exposure mode; I like the feel of total control over what I am shooting. I have a couple of books from John Shaw where he mentions about exposure compensation by subject color. So I just follow what is written in the book underexposing for subjects darker than the gray card and over exposing for subjects that are brighter than the gray card

  2. Metering mode: I set the camera meter to partial mode, so that I can meter off a specific subject when looking thru the viewfinder.

  3. Focus Mode: I focus on the subject in the fore ground using manual or auto focus and then switch to manual focus, recompose the shot and take it. When I do this I raise my f-stop to anything from f11-f16 depending on the distance of the subject and the foreground and the focal length I am shooting at. This gives me the DOF that I require to shoot landscapes.

  4. Quality: I almost always shoot in RAW mode, this gives me the ability to manipulate my images with out loosing any quality. Using RAW mode gives me images which are more pleasing to my eye(colors, saturation etc).

  5. Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness: I set the other in camera parameters to normal.

How I process my images:

1 - Convert to Linear Tiff Using any of the following programs canonís RAW image converter. BreezeBrowser or YarcPlus etc

Linear Tiff Converted using LPBatch Pro.



2 - Convert the linear tiff file using Fredís LP Batch Pro. No Saturation, no Sharpening and low contrast settings.

Linear Tiff Converted using a RAW image converter



3- Adjust Levels: Go to Image-> Adjustments-> Levels. You should the histogram of the image. Now adjust the left and right sliders to eliminate the empty space on either sides. You can move the middle slider to adjust the brightness of the image.

Adjust the levels.


The image after levels adjustment.



4 - Adjust curves: Go to Image->Adjustments->Curves. Set three control points as show below and adjust the curves to increase contrast and brightness as show below. Play around with the three points until the image looks right.

The image after levels adjustment.


The image after Curves adjustment.



5 - Increase Saturation: I use digital velvia pro to enhance saturation. Usually the medium settings is strong enough.

The image after Saturation Enhancement


6 - Remove Color Cast: We can use curves again and play around with different colors and the center control point to White Balance the image. I did not have to do anything for this since it looks good.  

7 - Shadow Recovery: I use Fredís Shadow Recovery action to increase the details in the shadows. I mostly use Medium settings. At this point the image is converted from 16 bit to 8bit. We do most of the color, saturation and contrast enhancements in 16-bit mode. The aim is to keep the image in 16-bit mode as long as possible while enhancing it.  

The image after using Fredís Shadow Recovery


8 - Sharpen: I use CSPro v 2.0 normal intensity to sharpen the image.

The image after Sharpening using Fredís CSPro v 2.0


9 - Selective color enhancement : Go to Image-> Adjustments -> Selective color and adjust the black levels of Cyan, White and black. I usually add 20 to Cyan and White. This gives the clouds a darker look.

Selective Color Enhancement


The image after selective color enhancement



10 - Convert to SRGB Color space by using Freds CSPro 2.0ís 640x640 resizing action. Once I convert it to sRGB color space for web viewing I see the exact same image on the web browser as I was seeing in Photoshop.

The image after resizing for web using Fredís CSPro v 2.0 640x640 action.


I tend to under expose a bit so that I donít blow out the highlights.

I have been asked numerous times as to how I process my images. So thought of keeping in writing what works for me. This is my workflow as of today but might change anytime. Hope that helps.

Thanks for taking the time to read, hope it is of some help.


Ravi Shankar Nori