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Do you shoot in raw ? I’m not one of those who uses the CD provided by camera manufacturer to view my raw files and prefers to do it on Photoshop itself. If you are using Adobe photoshop to read your RAW files directly instead of those software provided by the Camera, you will understand that you will need to download the latest Adobe Camera Raw to be able to read the raw files.
One of the issue of the Camera Raw is that it only provides camera raw support for the current camera available in the market and not the latest model of camera. You will need to upgrade to the latest version of camera raw, hoever it can only be supporter by the latest version of Adobe Photoshop.
Which means, you need to reinstall or upgrade your whole Adobe Creative Suite or Adobe Photoshop software to be able to install Camera raw for support of latest camera that you’ve just purchase ! This poses a problem a problem for any new version of Camera. Upgrading your whole suit waste a lot of time and not to mention the cost involved. Besides Adobe comes with a new version of their software every once a year to squeeze your pocket dry.
Thank god there are alternative of this, Adobe also has this free software “Adobe Digital Negative (DNG) conveter” which converts RAW to DNG format readable by Photoshop. Most of the time I’m able to find support for the latest version of camera while waiting for the Camera Raw support and upgrade of Adobe Photoshop.
This software is able to convert RAW by batch fo folder to DNG format which is readable by Adobe Photoshop. It’s just a little more inconvient not being able to do it on the Photoshop itself.
You may download it at,
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1. Shoot at the right hour.
Photography is always about lights and how it will set your subject. As a rule of thumb, always shoot when the sun is rising or setting. The lights during these hour is not harsh while the sun is low where it will create texture on the landscape. As a photographer, you will have to wake up earlier and shoot till late evening. It is tiring but sometimes worth the effort.
Learn the art of composition. Try to be more serious when taking landscape photos. I find that often, most ametures simply shoot and run.
3. Use tripod.
Tripod is very important for landscape photography. By allowing your camera to be really still , you can allow more lights into the sensor and still have sharp images. This is important as the most beautiful hour of the day may be the very few minutes the sun sets or rises. You need stable camera to be able to absorb all the available lights.
Gadi Sagar shot in long exposure
4. Use longer exposure.
Be creative and use longer exposure. You can create movement of clouds, cars ,ocean and subjects in your photo
5. Use a CPL.
Circular polasizer is a must for landscape photographers. You can adjust it to get extra cold or warm tone. It is also very good to prevent glare on shining surface as well. I love B+W CPL as they provide the best effect
6. Play with white balance.
Avoid using auto white balance when possible. Experiment a little with shady, cloudy or tungsten or other white balance. This will give different mode or effect on a photo
Everest North Face . Sometimes, luck plays a little. Many times you may have to wait days for the right weather.
7. Patience is virtue.
As a landscape photographer, you have no control over the weather. Somtimes you will have to wait for days of sunrise to photograph that mountain or famous landmark
8. Experiment with filters.
Graduated ND will reduce the contrast between the sky and land while colored filters will add effects and mood into the photo
9. Add something extra into the composition.
I find that somehow, if you add a little bit of tiny subject into a photo, it will introduce an entire new mood into the photo
Adding a fisherman creates mood.
10. Use trigger
Sometimes pressing your shutter may cause shake which may blur your photo. It would be good to use a trigger or even timer if you don’t have trigger during photography