Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee: Processing

Another quiet weekend here at the Today's Image world headquarters.  Cloudy and overcast much of the time.  Spent the indoors time catching up on processing images.

When using film, processing meant developing the film and then either making darkroom prints or scanning negatives.  Film development implied the use of chemicals.  Now most black and white film whether Agfa, Ilford or Kodak could for the most part be processed using the same chemicals.  Just pick your favorite developer and off you go.  All black and white films were treated in much the same way.

No matter the manufacturer, color negative films used one process C-41.  Life in the chemical darkroom was rather simple.

 If you didn't like the look of a certain film - tone, grain, etc. - you just changed film/developer until you found the "look" you liked. Simple and direct.

Along comes the digital world.  No darkroom. No chemicals. No changing films and/or developers.  The "film" and in the case of "jpeg's", is built into the chosen camera.  The Raw processing software often comes with the camera.  This means, among other things, that the Nikon raw software doesn't work with the Canon raw software with the Panasonic raw software with the Epson raw software.  Raw software that comes with the camera works only with that camera. 

Enter Adobe Photoshop with its Camera Raw.  Enter Capture One software.  Enter Bibble software.  There are others but these enough examples to get us started.  Adobe, Capture, Bibble are "one size fits all" kind of tools.  They are designed to process a variety of different digital film files.  They work with the Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and Epson files. 

If you have only one camera system - say Nikon - no problem.  Use the Nikon software or pick one of the one size fits all programs.   Choose and move on.  Life is once again simple - like the film days.

If you have several camera systems - say Nikon, Panasonic, and Epson - life may not be simple.   You are faced with the choice of the camera system program for that camera and/or a one fits all program.

 In the past have used the Adobe Camera Raw software along with the particular camera software.  This takes more time but seems to work.

This past weekend spent time using the Capture One software.  If the Capture One images are acceptable, then time can be saved- need only one program, no matter the system..

                                                      Carthage, Indiana.

                                                     Greensfork, Indiana.

These are files from a Panasonic G3 camera and processed in the Capture One software.  While they are acceptable, need to continue using the Capture One before making a final software choice.

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