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Infiltration Forums > Rookie Forum > RawTherapee tips?(Viewed 1467 times)
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RawTherapee tips?
< on 4/7/2019 8:07 PM >
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Hi, I'm cheap, nice to meat you.

I downloaded RawTherapee a while ago as a Lightroom substitute. It was free and easier to learn than Gimp. I'll add that I have never used Lightroom, but I was familiar with Photoshop before Lightroom came out, back when Adobe software was on CDs. I've been using RawTherapee to edit color/light levels and nothing else; I usually change black, saturation, contrast, and highlights/shadows when I edit photos. I'd like to up my game though, and was wondering if anybody here has used the program. Specifically, I'm hoping to learn how to correct wide image bending.



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Re: RawTherapee tips?
<Reply # 1 on 4/8/2019 1:24 AM >
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I think the best thing to do with any editing software is to learn the software inside and out first. I'm sure the company probably has some tutorials (or someone else has posted them somewhere) showing the more advanced methods you're looking for.

Once you feel comfortable with the software, then it's easier to develop your style from there. I personally try to emulate classic films (Portra, HP5+, Velvia), and for me it's a lot of trial and error. More recently, I've been trying to double down and take the same pictures on digital and film. This way, when I get a print from the neg, I can scan it in and compare it to the digital edit. It's a long and arduous process for me, but being able to condense the edits into a preset has helped me so much. Likewise, you can find photos you like the editing style of, shoot a similar shot, and compare your edits to your archetype. Only save your global edits though. But this brings me to my next point: presets.

I don't recommend you buy presets. Especially if you only shoot on digital. Half of the creative process with digital is being able to edit the photo to your preferences. Using someone els's presets directly copies their style and restricts your artistic freedom. So maybe see if RawTherapee has presets that you can create but don't worry about trying to buy any.

As for your interest in wide image blending, I'm assuming you're talking about panoramas. My best suggestion is to take way more shots than you would otherwise. When blending, the more you have to work with the better, in my experience. See if the editor has a profile correction for lens distortion, that should correct the bend that you see in the individual pieces of your merge. I personally just try to avoid panoramic shots with wide angle lenses solely because of the extra thought and effort. (Yeah sometimes I'm a lazy photographer).



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<Reply # 2 on 4/8/2019 3:28 AM >
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Everything Shade said is great advice. The only presets I use are ones that I made for things like lens corrections, which is what I though you meant by wide image bending. If that is what you meant, then look for lens corrections or something to that effect. I think it might be lens/geometry in your program. The just set it to whatever straightens the lines. If that isn't there then there might be an action camera effect or something like that. Just play around and get to know your program.



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<Reply # 3 on 4/8/2019 9:13 PM >
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Posted by shadeblanco
As for your interest in wide image blending, I'm assuming you're talking about panoramas. My best suggestion is to take way more shots than you would otherwise. When blending, the more you have to work with the better, in my experience. See if the editor has a profile correction for lens distortion, that should correct the bend that you see in the individual pieces of your merge. I personally just try to avoid panoramic shots with wide angle lenses solely because of the extra thought and effort. (Yeah sometimes I'm a lazy photographer).


I meant fixing bending, not blending: the "fisheye" effect. How do I shoot wide and make architecture look straight, rather than curved? I have no idea what fixes that, but I've heard there are ways to do it. I'm really not sure where to start. Even knowing the name of what settings to adjust would help. Your advice is sound otherwise though, thanks.



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Re: RawTherapee tips?
<Reply # 4 on 4/9/2019 3:39 AM >
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Posted by corvidcache


I meant fixing bending, not blending: the "fisheye" effect. How do I shoot wide and make architecture look straight, rather than curved? I have no idea what fixes that, but I've heard there are ways to do it. I'm really not sure where to start. Even knowing the name of what settings to adjust would help. Your advice is sound otherwise though, thanks.


In some software it's referred to as 'keystone' or 'perspective corrections'. You might try using Google with RawTherapee and keystone together as search subjects.

Good luck!

Abby



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Re: RawTherapee tips?
<Reply # 5 on 4/9/2019 7:08 AM >
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Posted by Abby Normal


In some software it's referred to as 'keystone' or 'perspective corrections'. You might try using Google with RawTherapee and keystone together as search subjects.

Good luck!

Abby


Perspective correction! That's it! Doin' it! Thank you.



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<Reply # 6 on 4/9/2019 5:29 PM >
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Posted by corvidcache


Perspective correction! That's it! Doin' it! Thank you.


Wow I'm a terrible reader. Funny enough through I gave the answer in my explanation of how to solve a problem you weren't even concerned with.

Glad you found it though!



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