I have become a huge fan of Canon DPP for the intial processing of Raw Photos from my Canon 5D cameras. Anyone that has ever talked to me know that I no longer use anything adobe to process raw files.
I want to share a few tricks that I have learned since I have begun using DPP for large projects.
1. Divide the folder into smaller folders of 100 or so images for faster performace.
2.Learn the shortcuts for copy and paste "recipe"
3. Use the edit window and command T for the toolbox.
4. When you are done click another folder and the save box comes up and save your settings.
5. Do a lens correction if desired. I always do this for my 50mm lens images. Just select all and hit command T and then do the correction setting to 0 distortion.
6. Run the batch and if desired change them all to B/W and run another batch. When you close just don't save the changes.
The more things change the more they stay the same. I recenly sold a batch of old equipment for a friend on ebay and there was a new in box old flash. The kind that took bulbs that had one use only. It is amazing to read this and discover that the bulbs were household screws because the were designed to be place in ordinary lamps and be triggered by the potato masher style batterry handle. Also for best results the instructions detail how to set up directional light.
Note the diagram on how to place the strobes!!
I have made a new page on thing to be aware of when shooting Raw files. See it here.
Below is great example of the benfits of fill flash. And to take this a step further I am using a 1/2 straw gel on my flash to make the light llook more natural. The image is of a Mandarin Duck that found himself a mate and a home very far from China in Tappan NY.
It is pretty obvious which image has the Fill! 40D in Bright Cloudy Daylight
One of my favorite techniques is HDR
Without the HDR technique this would have been the best exposure. You can see that I did some perspective correction in the final image but this image is at the center of the 7 images used to make the above finished product. Additionallly in CS3 I selected the diner and brightened it and sharpened only the center portion of the image.
I have been learning much about Raw conversion using adobe software recently and have found that the only way to get the correct colors and sharpness is to use the camera company software. I have a blog entry on Nikon conversion here.
Using flash bounced from a wall is very simple technique that turns a snap shot into a dramatic portrait.
This image was made using a flash bounced from the wall to right of my buddy Steve.
The only thing that you need to be aware of when shooting with side bounced flash is that the flash needs to be the primary source of light. If your subject is well lit the flash will not be able to create a shadow.