Straight Out of Camera

posted on 3rd of february, 2013

The term “Straight Out of Camera” is often being used in the photography community but it’s also a subject of debate, something that’s totally uncalled for.

Straight Out of Camera (SOOC) means exactly what you understood it as. It just means the result (photo) was as it is, straight from the camera.

Why “Straight Out of Camera”?

With RAW files you can adjust pictures any way you like. With presets, you can apply to all your photos. Why bother SOOC?

Trainers, workshop conductors, conference speakers will often show you how their photos look SOOC – that’s not to show-off but to let you know that IT IS entirely possible to get great photos straight out of the camera.

They share this to set the mindset of newbies correct. I’ve come by many newbies who think their photos...

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Posted by Goldfries on February 05, 2013
Thanks everyone! Let's not assume SOOC people are lazy or incapable of using editing suite. Some of them are like that but not all. Many of them are just VERY COMPETENT photographers and SOOC works best in their line of work.

There are instances where you need to SOOC, for example photo journalists on assignment. Sports photographers for example, they upload the photo right after the game ends.

Same goes to event photographers, they SOOC do deliver to PR agency for immediate press release right after an event.

For wedding photographers, SOOC gives you huge advantage for same day edit and creation of slideshows.

There are cases where you don't SOOC, for example when I do my food or interior assignments - I aim to get it out as close to perfection as I can but often I can't submit SOOC work. Editing has to be done to maximize the outcome.

Some scenes are literally impossible with SOOC, like say when the exposure variances between the dark and light areas are too great. You...(More)
Posted by Igordabari on February 05, 2013
For me SOOC is very strange idea. Human eyes that look at the reality, human eyes that look at the image and camera looking at the reality are "3 great differences". So, to adopt the things to each other one needs some processing.

Here is a simplest example. Summer sunny landscape obtains the dynamic range of ~17EV. A modern camera is able to cover only ~10EV of them (while human eyes can take ~30EV and more). So, how the hell one supposes to shoot the landscape in SOOC mode?! It is just technically impossible. Well, it's possibe is one needs by some strange reason to have either a white sky or black forest on ones image.

And note that it was really a simplest example...

On me, the SOOC strategy is developed for lazy people who do not want to learn and know things as they are.
Posted by Montylola on February 04, 2013
You shoot SOOC means you shoot in .jpg, which has a processing engine inbuilt that literally throws away parts of the file that it deems to be NOT wanted. So whomever shoots SOOC is doing themselves and their potential clients a disservice and like Digitalexpressionimages says, even back in the days of film if you were a photographer that wanted decent images, the film you used was carefully chosen, it was processed in countless numbers of ways, push, pull, crossprocessing just to name a few and then once the negative or transparency got into the darkroom that negative/ transparency was treated to another whole number of ways of creating and printing the finished image.

All I can say is that you are doing me and the rest of us photographers that shoot RAW, process in Bridge/ Lightroom, then finally into photoshop to complete the process a very BIG FAVOUR as our images are going to have a greater tonal range, less digital noise and finally and most of all look more professional and saleable...(More)

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