Having signed up with adobe’s ‘creative cloud’ I discovered that my windows version is too aged to support the software. This was a bit of a downer not least because my creative juices had been titillated. Also I’ve been shooting raw and needed a suitable file reader:
A raw file is the image as seen by the camera’s sensor. Instead of the camera doing the image processing by turning it into a JPEG, shooting in raw allows the photographer to do the image transformations. Rather like an unprocessed film. see Cnet
Picasa 3.9. can in fact read raw files but interprets heavily on the blues and saturation and is rather noisy. This can be edited along certain levels to suit although quite a lot of ‘noise’ remains, even with sharpening.
Fortunately my camera came with Silkypix software which gives more facilities to tweak the contrast, colour, saturation, definition etc. As here, I’ve a bit of a preference for the yellows rather than the blues – anyways it’s not a brilliant picture but serves to show what can be done post editing.
Since my subject was a grey squirrel, I took some better shots and used Silkypix for post camera mods of the raw files to monochrome:
This series is thinking out loud as I aim to improve and learn more of photography. The images are not always for show – please feel free to add feedback.