THETA community’s @Juantonto (also known as Toyo) gave a workshop called, “The Complete Guide for THETA Z1” at the RICOH Imaging Square in Osaka on Dec 23rd. This was covered in Japanese by THETA Laboratory. Key portions are translated below.
Juantonto showed how to develop and edit RAW images (DNG format) shot with a RICOH THETA Z1 and then convert the DNG images into JPG images that can be shared to on social media. He focused on using Adobe Lightroom Classic installed on a MacBook Air (2019 RAM 8 GB / ROM 128 GB) and the official THETA Stitcher Plugin.
The second portion was led by Shotaro Igami.
The event was held on Dec 23 and the THETA SC2 had just been released recently.
The first portion focused on RAW picture taking.
Although the RAW image is very enjoyable to work with, there are some challenges:
- There is no physical button on the camera to toggle between DNG and JPG
- 1 file is approximately 45MB, which can lead to a shortage of storage
- camera processing time takes longer to complete
Surprisingly, if you shoot in RAW, JPEG can reproduce to a certain extent the part of the image that has been overexposed or overexposed in the RAW development process.
The photo above (the image taken with THETA in the bell of Mizunjizoin) was blackened out, but when the shadow was raised by RAW development, the doodles that were written inside were clear And came out!
The demonstration showed how to import images taken with the THETA into Adobe’s “Lightroom” software to edit the RAW files.
In the “Photo Session”, a night view was taken on the roof of the OMM building where Ricoh Imaging Square Osaka is located.
Instructor Ikami taught the basic concept of manual shooting, including how to change the setting values to brighter and darker exposure preferences and shoots. He explained the differences and benefits of each tripod type. If you use small feet so that the legs of the tripod are not reflected in the wind, it is easy to fall down by the wind, so put the rucksack on the tripod feet or stabilize it with a heavy stone.