Chapter 6, The Editing Workflow
Phase 2: Preparing Images in Bridge
We finished up the Phase 1 work by safely transferring the images from
the card to the computer. We’re already in Bridge, but now the real magic
begins, as we rename the files, apply metadata, rate and adjust them, and
make DNGs. Let’s take a look at this phase of the workflow.
Feel free to start working on the rating of individual files as the cache is
building, but do not try to perform any functions on all of the files, such as
batch-renaming or searching through metadata, because they wont all be
accessible until the caching is complete. (In most cases you wont want to
be searching yet anyway, since this is the part of the process where we are
assigning metadata.)
Building the Cache, and Applying Camera Raw Settings
When Bridge first opens a folder of RAW images, it displays the images
with Camera Raw settings that were most recently saved as Camera Raw
defaults. Note that there is a different default for each model of camera sup-
ported in Camera Raw—so, for example, if you make a custom default for
your Canon D30 that does not use Auto, the default for your 1DS MarkII
camera will remain unchanged. I suggest that you make a custom default
for each camera you use (unless you are happy with the way the defaults
already work). I have made a default for each of my cameras that do not use
the autoexposure options.
Note that if you never actively apply a Camera Raw default, Bridge will use
the current defaults when it opens the files. This means that if you open
files on your computer (where, for instance, you have Auto turned off) and
create DNGs of the files, and the files are then opened on a machine that
has a different Camera Raw default setting (with Auto turned on, say), the
second computer’s default settings will be applied.
Phase 2: Preparing Images in Bridge
Y O U M I G H T B E W O N D E R I N G . . .
To Auto or Not to Auto?
The settings that will be applied to image files as the
cache is being built are the current camera defaults that
Camera Raw is set to. For most people, the biggest deci-
sion is whether to use the autoexposure options or not.
Adobe has done a good job of creating Auto settings to
apply in Camera Raw, but they are not optimum for all
images. As you work with CS2, you may find that you
want to turn off Auto settings as the default, and apply
them only in certain circumstances.
There are several situations where Auto will definitely work
against you. For example, if you are shooting against a
white background, and you intend that background to
go to pure blown-out white, you will find that the Auto
settings will not work well. In general, Auto will try to
prevent the highlights and shadows from being clipped in
this manner. The Auto settings are also not recommended
for images that have been exposure-bracketed. Auto will
largely remove the differences between these frames,
making it difficult to determine which is the best exposure.
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If you want a particular custom Camera Raw default to stick with these
files, you need to select the files and choose EditApply Camera Raw
SettingsCamera Raw Defaults, as shown in Figure 6-11.
Phase 2: Preparing Images in Bridge
Figure 6-11. Applying Camera Raw defaults from Bridge. If no settings get applied to photos, they
will use the current defaults for the computer on which they are opened.
Figure 6-12. You can apply saved Camera Raw settings to images in Bridge. The Full Auto and No Auto
settings are some of the ones I’ve made, as discussed in the previous chapter.
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