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adobe photoshop batch image correcting with the auto features

Shaun Carter , Apr 16, 2006; 09:22 p.m.

after i delete the bad shots i currently i go through each of the keepers one by one and apply whatever corrections are needed (sharpen, contrast, color balance, levels, etc.) before delivering the proofs. this takes tons of time, and i am wondering if anyone uses the unsharp mask, auto leveling, auto contrast, or auto color features of adobe photoshop cs to batch correct all the images? maybe batch correct, then go back and view them all and see which ones the auto correcting failed at and correct those manually? don't know...what do you do? thanx!


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Chris S - Hampton Roads VA , Apr 16, 2006; 09:48 p.m.

auto levels/contrast/color: not the best results normally. You'd be best to avoid them to prevent having to redo most shots. Do you shoot RAW by chance?

Shaun Carter , Apr 16, 2006; 10:04 p.m.

I currenlty only have 4.5 gigs worth of CF cards, so for the sake of space I shoot raw for "formals" and other moments where I feel the getting the correct exposure may be a challenge. The rest (which is the majority) is shot in jpeg mode.

Lauren M. - North Shore, MA , Apr 16, 2006; 11:27 p.m.

Hoping for more answers as I have yet to even know how to "batch process" If shooting RAW, are there minimum "batch" adjustments you do to all or most pictures before looking at them individually?

Jefferson Todd Pals , Apr 17, 2006; 04:30 a.m.

You can take advantage of a lot of those types of features by shooting in RAW format and using Bridge in the CS2 suite. It's well worth the upgrade for this reason.

Also, instead of deleting images, try marking your best shots. I've switched to this process and it's helped speed me up as well as help me feel better about my images. Otherwise after an edit session all I can remember is how many bad shots I took.

So between editing down this way and using the auto-adjustment in Camera RAW in Bridge I'm down to a 3 hour edit on 1500 images. That includes some more editing in Photoshop on my favorite 40 or so images.


Ben Rubinstein - Manchester UK , Apr 17, 2006; 08:02 a.m.

I always use auto contrast as the first step in my action after opening, it gives that extra tiny tweak to the whites/blacks that gives a little improvement on what I've done already in ACR. But and this is a big but, it is great and still maintains quality, IF you have got within 95% of the way in the raw software, I have a friend who shoots only jpgs, hes a PJ and needs the speed, and he runs an auto correct (not auto levels which can do funky things to the colour) action on all his jpgs out of the camera. But it can block up the blacks and bring up some nasty noise. Yes it does improve them, often drastically but it will only work as far as the information provided, i.e. it will make the whitest point white and the darkest point dark. If you use it with a high contrast photo where there are supposed to be blown whites (backlit veil for example) then it is useless.

Paul Sokal - Dallas, TX , Apr 17, 2006; 10:15 a.m.

I think your solution is to buy some more CF cards (price is coming way down) and shoot RAW. Then you can easily batch correct in ACR.

Robert Morton - Lake County, Illinois , Apr 17, 2006; 11:13 a.m.

A good question for those who venture the "Digital Darkroom" forum.

I'm curious about batch processing as well.

Heather Carlin - Los Angeles CA , Apr 18, 2006; 05:49 p.m.

I can totally understand how much time it takes to go through all the images after a wedding and color correct them. There really isn't anything much you can do except correct each image separately. The only thing you can do is find ways to streamline HOW you do it.

The biggest change and help for me is Adobe Aperture. It has made my life so much better. http://www.apple.com/aperture/

When I arrive home after a wedding, all I do is plug the cards in, create a folder and import! And one of the coolest things you can do is crop and level and image. It's proportionate always - takes the guess work out. After it's all imported I can easily go in and view them ALL AT ONCE, rate them, delete the bad ones, rotate, and even correct exposure. This helps so much because I don't have to open each raw image in Photoshop before seeing if it's usable or not. When I am ready to export and correct each image it's already rotated, exposure corrected, cropped, and level. It saves so much time. There are many more features this program offers like copying all of you images to a separate vault on another hard drive as a back up. It's one click of a button and it's updating it for you. No more worries about lost images. It even saves deleted images for you for approx a week just in case. The only draw back is you need a fast computer to handle to program because there are a lot of features.

The other thing I did to save a huge amount of time is I created actions in Photoshop and programmed them with the F1, F2, F3,buttons on my keyboard with commonly used corrections like warming filters, cooling filters, lens corrections like vignettes and more. It saves so much time not having to go through all the menus. It's just a push of a button!

I hope this helped. :) Heather Cantwell http://www.heathercantwell.com

Eric Merrill , Apr 18, 2006; 07:11 p.m.

I'd second the recommendation to look into upgrading to CS2 so you can use Bridge as part of a RAW workflow.


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