How to Use Adobe Camera Raw to Cull Your Photos

11/03/2017 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

How to Use Adobe Camera Raw to Cull Your Photos

Edit Before You Cull Your Photos!!!

I usually cull my photos rather fast and delete them before they have a chance to see the light of day. Why? Because 42 Megapixel images take up a lot of space and if the shot was bad, there is no sense keeping it. - said Blake Rudis-

Recently, however, I have started to cull my photos differently. I found that sometimes an image offers something more than its composition at first glance. For instance, as a landscape photographer, I take a lot of pictures of the same thing with minor changing variables like waves, clouds, the direction of light, etc. Sometimes those small details can be difficult to see when you cull before you edit the images.

Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and ON1 Photo RAW afford us the ability to edit one image and then synchronize the settings across a large group. I am using that ability to my advantage now by taking a base image with similar settings to an entire group. I get the exposure and minor tone settings dialed in, and then I synchronize it over a group of photos. Then I begin the culling process when I can see the potential of the image before it meets the chopping block.

In this video tutorial, I will show you why this is paramount when editing your photos. On a recent trip to Olympic National Park, I was in a rush to get a shot, I was light painting, and a wave was fast approaching. I didn't have much time to think, just shoot. In turn, my white balance did some funky things, but I kept the shot just in case. During post-production, I was curious to see what I could get out of it and found it to be the best shot of the night.

Had I played the game of "Which One Of These Is Not Like The Others" and deleted it, I would have lost it forever! Take a look at this in-depth video tutorial to see the process in action!

You may also like: How to Make the Cinematic Matte Effect in Photoshop

About Blake Rudis: is a High Dynamic Range photography blog dedicated to being a 100% free HDR resource. There are a plethora of tutorials, tips, and great photos to stroll through. After checking out this Youtube channel, why don't you head on over to!

Text, image and video via f64 Academy

Get Latest Videos,Promotions & Exclusive Offers Via Email:

We don't send spam!