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Old Apr 20, 2005, 11:15 AM   #4
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Let me put it another way...

A good friend came by with the ame question at the very moment I was processing the results of a shoot of Egrets.

As you know, blowing the highlights on such a bird is not very difficult. So I exp[lained to her that this was a negative, not a positive. That I could underdevelop nor push the film any way I wanted to..

She didn't buy it

So what I did was lower the exposure and the feathers on the Egret became visible. I then reset the dialogue to 0, with the highlights blown and brought it into photoshop. No matter what I did with the levels control, the highlights remained blown - no feathers.

This, if you pardon the pun, highlights the advantage of RAW.

And of course, there are a number of other aspects of the question, as has been pointed out.

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