I normally do all my digital photo post processing workflow using Capture One PRO 6 & Adobe photoshop CS 5. First I start editing my RAW photos using Capture One Pro raw converter. It’s very logical and easy program to use, if you want to make basic adjustments to photos like white balance and level adjustments. After that I usually convert my image files to 16 bit/8bit Tiff or jpg format. With C1 pro you can easily access different kinds of adjustments etc. white balance, levels/curves adjustments.
There are several Raw convertters out there, but I think this one is my favourite. After converting my images to 16bit Tiff format from C1 Pro, I usually open them and make final adjustments on my photos using Adobe Photoshop. You might be wondering, why do I need photoshop if I can make all my adjustments using Capture one? That’s very good question! I think Photoshop does have more advanced adjustment options ( etc actions & layers) , and it will give you better results of adjustments on digital photos than any other program. (at least in my opinion).
Below you can find few examples how edited photos seems different, if you compare them to original Raw images. I know some of you may think, that my edit is too exstreme and I have overdone my editing, but that’s the way I sometimes like it. I have only adjusted some levels & contrast using multiple mask layers, and some USM (Unsharpen mask) to get the final sharpness on my photos. I haven’t added any exstra hue/saturation on these pictures. Click on the pictures below to see before and after edited images.
Lenses used on Sample Photos are: Canon EF 50mm 1.4 USM , Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 & Peleng 8mm 3.5 Fisheye.