Old 09-11-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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I had a little 'whoops' moment earlier today and it reminded me of mp16dot39's thread HERE about RAW processing. Today was a mostly overcast day with a little sunshine mixed in. I'm not sure what I was thinking at the time but I muffed the shot. It didn't look too bad on the LCD but once it was uploaded onto my computer the flaws were very obvious. No worries! A few corrections in Adobe Camera Raw 6.0 and Photoshop CS5 in less than a few minutes and it's a respectable photo.

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:56 PM   #2
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That's minor to some of the flub's I've saved with RAW . I may just have to post a few examples from the externals tonight.

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I think that toning down the sky wasn't enough - The foreground seems unnaturally bright now.
Where RAW really shines, though, is recovering shadow detail - I think I might start calling this the most edited photo on railpictures!
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:30 PM   #4
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I think I might start calling this the most edited photo on railpictures!
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You do realize Gary Knapp posts photos on here?

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Old 09-13-2011, 12:33 AM   #5
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Oh right. I try to ignore him.
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Where RAW really shines, though, is recovering shadow detail - I think I might start calling this the most edited photo on railpictures!
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I wish I could get my 50D to shoot photos as sharp as yours, Brad. Plus, I find that my jpeg files actually look better than my raw files, both in color and quality. I guess I am doing something really bad in processing. I am probably the only person who actually converted back to jpeg shooting.
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I'm shooting a 50D now and my shots are pretty sharp. What lenses are you using? And what software do you sharpen with, and what settings?

I use a 17-55IS, a 10-22, and occasionally a 70-200 f/4 and a 55-250. I don't do too much tele these days, but you never know. Had the f/4 out yesterday. I use PSE 9; with the Enhance/Adjust Sharpness with the More Refined turned on it seems overly sharp at times.
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I shoot with a EF 24-105mm IS. I think the problem has more to do with the processing of raw images. My jpegs look fine (not exceptional, but good) while the raw files look bad. I will try to put a comparison up to see what you all think.
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I shoot with a EF 24-105mm IS. I think the problem has more to do with the processing of raw images. My jpegs look fine (not exceptional, but good) while the raw files look bad. I will try to put a comparison up to see what you all think.
Are you saying your RAW files look bad after post-processing? Because if you haven't done any and are looking at the original RAW image, I'd expect it not to look as good as the JPEG, which has had sharpening, saturation adjustments and so on applied based on your in-camera settings.

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Are you saying your RAW files look bad after post-processing? Because if you haven't done any and are looking at the original RAW image, I'd expect it not to look as good as the JPEG, which has had sharpening, saturation adjustments and so on applied based on your in-camera settings.
Depending on your camera settings, it is very conceivable that jpegs could look significantly better than yor raws right out of the camera (pre-post processing). By default, jpeg's will have sharpening applied and tonal adjustments, whereas raw's will not.
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Depending on your camera settings, it is very conceivable that jpegs could look significantly better than yor raws right out of the camera (pre-post processing). By default, jpeg's will have sharpening applied and tonal adjustments, whereas raw's will not.
My point exactly!

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