Jeff Schewe

Jeff Schewe

Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Schewe has been an award winning Advertising Photographer in Chicago for over 30 years. He is accomplished in tabletop, location, portraiture and particularly accomplished in computer imaging. Jeff shoots a variety of subject matter and likes t...
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Happy Birthday Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw!

Happy Birthday Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw!

Did you know that today in 1990 is when Photoshop 1.0 shipped? Yep, February 19th, 1990 Publishers Note: The following text and images are from Jeff Schewe.  No one I know is more familiar with the history of Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe...

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  • Jeff Schewe
    Jeff Schewe
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    File formats
    on: February 8, 2024 at 8:17 pm
    Jeff Schewe
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    Re: B&W Conversion
    Reply #1 on: January 17, 2024 at 5:05 am

    Nick does a decent job of explaining a lot of the fundamentals of B&W photography and the art involved but stops short of offering much in the way of the power of Lightroom/ACR color>B&W conversions…he also seems a bit afraid of local adjustments…he said he doesn’t really use the Adjustment Brush much…too bad for him that he’s leaving image quality on the table by not deploying the full range to tools the apps have. Also note that the tutorial was from 3 years ago, before Lightroom/ACR got the really major upgrades on local adjustments mask creation…heck, he didn’t even mention the TAT tool for adjusting the colors sliders in the B&W conversion 😱

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    Jeff Schewe
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    Re: Thoughts on Capture One and Lightroom
    Reply #2 on: November 21, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    I always get a kick out of people doing comparisons and make definitive judgements without actual expert capabilities in various software. But, if you know what you are doing and take care in post processing I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better noise reduction capability that what’s found in ACR or Lightroom’s recent versions. Doubt me? Take a look at these…

    So, I’ve been known to occasion;ly make mistakes. This one is when I was shooting a portrait of a friend of mine for a project loosely titled: “Photographers in Front on my Camera”. In this case I traveled to River Falls, WI to shoot my friend Carl Corey. I was using a new portrait rig of small LED lighting that can be packed into a 7″ x 7″ x 25″ case. I knew from previous testing that I could use higher ISO’s and “get away with it” but I screwed up…I had my Nikon Z7 set to Auto ISO…I don’t remember why. But everything looked good when I shot it. When I got home and imported the files, I noticed something really odd when I zoomed in…they were noisy as hell. Turns out I had ended up shooting the shots at ISO 20,000. Eeeeeek! I though the whole thing was a big washout and I would have to reshoot. Then I remembered Lightroom’s Enhance function for AI assisted noise reduction…

    The images were processed with about a 65 setting with no other adjustments. I did screen captures, the image on the left is the Enhanced Noise Reduction DNG, the image on the right is the straight shot at ISO 20,000 both at 400% zoom in Lightroom’s Compare module.

    Still think Camera Raw and Lightroom suck at handling high ISO noisy images?

    I didn’t think so…

    Screenshot in Lightroom showing the original (right) and Enhanced DNG (left) with the metadata.
    The enhanced Noise Reduction DNG on the left, the original on the right-both at ISO 20,000

    Jeff Schewe
    Jeff Schewe
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    Re: Thoughts on Capture One and Lightroom
    Reply #3 on: November 21, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    I always get a kick out of people doing comparisons and making definitive judgements without having actual expert capabilities in various software. But, if you know what you are doing and take care in post processing I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better noise reduction capability that what’s found in ACR or Lightroom’s recent versions. Doubt me? Take a look at these…

    So, I’ve been known to occasionally make mistakes. This one is when I was shooting a portrait of a friend of mine for a project loosely titled: “Photographers In Front Of My Camera”. In this case I traveled to River Falls, WI to shoot my friend Carl Corey. I was using a new portrait rig of small LED lighting that can be packed into a 7″ x 7″ x 25″ case. I knew from previous testing that I could use higher ISO’s and “get away with it” but I screwed up…I had my Nikon Z7 set to Auto ISO…I don’t remember why. But everything looked good when I shot it. When I got home and imported the files, I noticed something really odd when I zoomed in…they were noisy as hell. Turns out I had ended up shooting the shots at ISO 20,000. Eeeeeek! I though the whole thing was a big washout and I would have to reshoot. Then I remembered Lightroom’s Enhance function for AI assisted noise reduction…

    The images were processed with about a 65 setting with no other adjustments. I did screen captures, the image on the left is the Enhanced Noise Reduction DNG, the image on the right is the straight shot at ISO 20,000 both at 400% zoom in Lightroom’s Compare module.

    Still think Camera Raw and Lightroom suck at handling high ISO noisy images?

    I didn’t think so…

    Screenshot in Lightroom showing the original (right) and Enhanced DNG (left) with the metadata.
    The enhanced Noise Reduction DNG on the left, the original on the right-both at ISO 20,000

    Jeff Schewe
    Jeff Schewe
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    Re: Film, I Just Don’t Get It
    Reply #4 on: September 16, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    those that say film has a different look than digital are note skilled enough in their post processing skills to know how to make digital look like film. Sorry to say, it’s really easy when you know how.

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    Maybe it could be said that some lack the competence to see the difference between a fake and the real thing?

    Define fake? You talking AI or do you only think film based images are real photographs?