One click fix

Many photographers, especially folks just starting out, can sometimes get intimidated even thinking about shooting in RAW and doing some post processing with their images. It can be frustrating when we sometimes work on a file for quite a while and only seem to make it worse, than actually enhance it. The idea of a ‘one click fix’ can be really appealing.

Various software programs have some functions that perform multiple, integrated adjustments with a single slider. The goal of these types of functions is to make it easier for a photographer to enhance their images. Let’s take a look at a very simple adjustment that can be done to a RAW file using a ‘one click fix’ with the ClearView function in OpticsPro 11.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

The image above is an out-of-camera jpeg. You can see that it was a bright, sunny day and the scene suffers a bit from the haze that was present when I took the photograph. Things just don’t seem to have any snap and the image looks rather flat and lifeless.

The ClearView function in OpticsPro 11 is designed to help eliminate this type of haze. Let’s look at what happens when ClearView is applied on a progressively stronger basis.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

The image above applies ClearView at a strength of 10.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

The one above uses ClearView at 20.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

The image above is with ClearView at 30.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

And, now at 40.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

And finally, the image above was produced using ClearView at 50.

Whether you would want to use ClearView, or another type of integrated adjustment slider in another program, or not is really a personal choice. Some people like the convenience of using this type of software function.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

The final image above was used without any use of ClearView. I used an OpticsPro 11 preset that I created for landscape images. It basically reduces highlights to -20 and bumps up saturation a bit to +10, and uses the other standard DxO settings. I then used CS6 to adjust highlights, contrast, clarity, black and white. I happen to like the finished image more than simply using the ClearView function, but it really is just a matter of personal taste. And, it did take a couple of minutes, rather than just one click.

At the end of the day shooting in RAW provides more than triple the amount of digital information in our files. This gives us a considerable amount of additional latitude to adjust the final look of our photographs.

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3 thoughts on “One click fix”

  1. Yes, moving to raw is intimidating! I think one of the reasons for this is that one doesn’t know where to start with editing and the fear of doing it wrong or in the wrong order. Also when you look for info on raw photo editing there is so much info and everyone does it differently and with different programs or combinations of programs. And many of those programs costs a good bit of $. It is hard to know where to start and so it is just easier to not start at all.

    For simple and fast editing of jpg images that I post on Facebook and other online sites I still like to use Picasa which is a free program.

    For raw files I am looking at the new ON1 Photo RAW – ON1, Inc. – https://www.on1.com/products/photo-raw/ whenever I can come up with the money.

    1. Hi Joni,

      I certainly agree that it can be very confusing when choosing, and using, photo software! I think the most important thing is to find something that works for you and meets your specific needs.

      I’m not sure if the Nik Suite is still available for free from Google but it may be worth checking out if you would like to begin to experiment processing RAW images.

      Tom

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