Hack, Open & Edit Canon S95 RAW Files Now! (by tricking CameraRaw into thinking it's an S90)

**UPDATE** ACR release candidate 6.3 is available now, so no need to hack your .CR2 Exifdata anymore. The full release should be available soon (I have no reason not to trust the release candidates, they've always been solid in the past) Download Adobe Camera Raw 6.3 (Release Candidate)

Own the new Canon Powershot S95? Me too. Want to start editing the camera's RAW .CR2 files now, while you wait for the official Lightroom & Adobe Camera RAW update to come out that supports it? Well it's easy enough to trick these guys into opening them today, and here's how:

Download & Install ExifTool

On the Mac, Exiftool is a command line tool, but if you don't mess with the terminal, worry not it's as easy as copy+paste & then drag & drop. (ps, don't fear the terminal, it's really not that bad)

After you install Exiftool, launch the Terminal

Then paste this in:

exiftool "-CanonModelID=PowerShot S90" 

Then, drag and drop the file (or files) you want onto the terminal window.

Press enter.

Boom, the changes will happen automatically, and a copy will be made of the original RAW file (adding '_original' to the filename) in the same directory.

LR and ACR will now think it is a RAW file from the Powershot S95 and will now be editable in either.

That's it!

Note: There is more information than anyone should care to ever know available at the ExifTool's page.

*Also , this solution comes courtesy of MamboPics on the Adobe Forums:

Photography from Morocco

Here is the final installment of photography from my recent trip. The main purpose of the trip was to make our way over to Morocco, located on the northwest tip of Africa, to explore this unique corner of the African continent.

I had a blast photographing there. The scenery was very unique and much more diverse than I had expected. As you make your way across the country the landscape changes drastically cycling between everything from pure desert to coniferous forest.

It was also my first time being out in a true desert like that. We travelled for a few days out the the edge of the Sahara, which really turned out to be a highlight of the entire trip.

Check out the full Album on Flickr here:

Add Common Film Aspect Ratios to your Lightroom Crop Settings

Just a quick tip on how to quickly and easily add popular film aspect ratios to your Lightroom default crop settings. By cropping photos using some of the common film aspect ratios, it helps to add a cinematic dimension to some of your photographs.

It's simple and easy to do, here's how:

  • In the Develop Module, click the Crop Overlay (r) button.
  • Click on the aspect ratio, and select Enter Custom...
  • Enter the film & tv aspect ratios you'd like. (ex, 2.35, 1.78, 1.85, 16:9, etc)
  • You're all set! Recompose your shots using the new aspect ratio presets.

Here is a PDF I found with more handy info than you'll probably ever need on aspect ratios.

Also, take a moment to check out Flickr user Loomax, who's photography I came across a little while back. A lot of his photos exemplify a really magical cinematic quality. Inspiring stuff.