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DSLR Workflow: Working with RAW Files

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DSLR Workflow: Working with RAW Files

Presented By: Celac Colvert



Ever wonder what a RAW file is, or the benefits of RAW vs JPEGs? Or maybe you al-ready use RAW files, but aren’t confident with your workflow? Canon Live Learning has you covered!

This class is intended to introduce new photographers to the techniques and essential tools that experienced photographers use to optimize and streamline their workflow with RAW files. It will demonstrate how decisions in the field affect optimal outcomes in post, give you an overview of the tools for organizing and editing your images, and introduce you to image optimization.

We will begin by addressing the building blocks with which a RAW workflow is constructed. We will then look at how that workflow addresses the needs three different types of photographers: an event shooter, a landscape photographer, and a sports journalist on a deadline.  

Students should expect to leave with an understanding of the benefits (and deficits) of a RAW workflow, and the tools and work necessary to implement it in their own photography.


Key Takeaways:

  • What is a RAW file and what are the benefits of “shooting RAW”

  • When is RAW not the optimal choice?

  • An overview of software tools for organizing, editing, optimizing and sharing your images –including low cost and free alternatives

  • The differences between a RAW file editor and a pixel editor (and why you need both)

  • Organization inside and outside: files, folders, catalogs, collections, and sessions.

  • The great metadata adventure or, “How I learned to stop worrying and apply tags, titles, and keywords…”

  • 3 different photographers address the picture edit and cull process

  • Introduction to image optimization

  • 3 different photographers address image processing and optimization

  • The use of profiles to improve quality and consistency

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Skill Level
Beginner,Advanced Amateur,Amateur,Professional
Date & Time
October 9, 2018 -October 9, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
201 California Street
San Francisco, California 94111
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