Canon D30 LPbatch 16-bit (Linear PRO batch v1.4)

Why would you choose the linear 16-bit mode?

RAW files converted to Linear 16-bit mode have broader dynamic range and color information (larger color gamut). In addition, linear 16-bit files are free of any sharpening algorithms and therefore images will have even lower noise levels then non-linear (normal) 16-bit images. The linear image provides image data without any processing with the full sensor dynamic range. The 16 bit’s file gives you 4096 points accuracy versus 255 in 8 bit images and therefore more room for post-processing preserving original dynamic range.


Previously, the linear 16-bit mode could not batch several images, and it was a bit complicated to use if you didin't feel comfortable editing images in Photoshop. Now, it is a dream come true for those who strive for the highest image quality and control in post processing. With the new LPbatch, all users now have access to the best image output the Canon EOS D30 can provide.

A very high quality custom linear ICC profile is included with this action for ultimate image accuracy. The combination of linear file + Custom ICC profile eliminates banding completely and provides accurate colors + cleaner files for your professional needs. In addition the most sophisticated custom made sharpening technique is built-in and available for every saturation option.

D30 linear file

Profiled image after D30 LPbatch


This action works with the Auto white balance and RAW mode. However, for better results I recommend using Custom white balance sampled from a Kodak gray card. With LPbatch as your post-editing tool, all you need to do before you shoot is concentrate on composition. Leave your post-editing work aside and let the action complete it for you with its smart algorithms. Another added feature is that LPbatch can be used efficiently with Photoshop's batch mode. Just choose your desired parameter and let Photoshop run though hundreds of images at once! (Default options only take 4 seconds/image*)


D30 LPbatch
is compatible with Photoshop 6.0 or higher (PC and MAC) - All Photoshop languages (Japanese, German etc.).Not compatible with Photoshop LE or Elements


 

I have noticed a few discussions on the net about the "softness" of D30 images. Some people have even mentioned negative feelings about using the Auto white balance. In my opinion, the D30 is capable of delivering top image quality. However, the camera's highest image quality is sometimes masked by the 16-bit linear mode.
Canon provided us with the tools on how to convert our D30 RAW files into 16-bit linear mode files, but forgot to tell us what to do with them afterwards. The result is a dark, unusable image, that is difficult to profile. Now the
LPbatch Photoshop action comes to the rescue!
With these actions, the linear mode offers similar or better parameter choices than the normal (non-linear) RAW files are capable of. As you can see below there are two different sets of output available.

1. sRGB: Optimized for web or monitor presentation output.

2. Adobe RGB: a larger color-space gamut. The preferred choice when printing your images.

As an example, check out the options of the new D30 - LPbatch:

AdobeRGB Output (PRINT)

 

sRGB Output (WEB)

 

 

Everything is automated for you!

LPbatch offers four levels of saturation. However, it does not use the usual Photoshop saturation features that have been known to shift colors and increase noise and artifacts in images. The new saturation increase technique used in this action is a unique concept. It works in 16-bit mode and there is NO color shifting or noise/artifact increase. In addition, there are four levels of sharpening. The sharpening algorithms are sophisticated and sharpen your images without noise or artifact increase (and they are FAST!). This results in cleaner and more natural looking images.

Here is an example of the D30 LPbatch example workflow:

1) Shoot with the D30's Auto WB or CustomWB setting and RAW mode. Other White balance presets are ok, as long as the colors look accurate.
2) Batch or individually convert your RAW files into "Linear" 16-bit Tiff files.
3) Open Photoshop and click on File/automated/batch.
4) Choose the source and destination folder. Also, choose which parameter (saturation/sharpening setting) for the batch. (Normal saturation & sharpening are the defaults).
YOU ARE DONE! Photoshop is capable of batching hundreds of images. As an alternative you can also edit your images individually by pressing play on your parameter choice (explained in the included step-by-step tutorial).


 

Example 1:

D30 LPbatch

(normal saturation, normal sharpening)

Normal non-linear file

(normal parameters)

 


Example 2:

D30 LPbatch

(normal saturation, normal sharpening)

Normal non-linear file

(normal parameters)