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Old Jul 3, 2011, 4:40 AM   #11
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wow thanks that is out of the budget for a while. I just got the panasonic 40-200mm today.

can you provide me with a link or info on how to process a raw pic in photoshop?


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Hi,

Just a quick question; why do you feel the need to shoot in RAW?

I only ask the question because because it is acknowledged that the JPEG files coming out of the EPL-1 are about as good as you can get. There usually isn't much to be gained in RAW.

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Old Jul 3, 2011, 11:01 AM   #12
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Hi,

Just a quick question; why do you feel the need to shoot in RAW?

I only ask the question because because it is acknowledged that the JPEG files coming out of the EPL-1 are about as good as you can get. There usually isn't much to be gained in RAW.

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Fair enough, because the JPEG's are excellent.

When I was out and about yesterday shooting with the new 75-300 micro lens I shot RAW+SHQ JPEG during the trip to the ballgame just to go through that exercise myself and see if the difference was enough to justify my continuing with the RAW process with the Pen.

I picked out 4 samples to post here, a couple in the lower ISO range, one mid-range and one at the highest ISO 3200 setting you can set with the E-PL1. In looking at both I can see why people just use the JPEG. The quality is quite good. For technical reasons I still see enough reason to continue with using RAW capture related to highlight retrieval and clarity that to me still justifies using RAW capture.

Here's the first full-size image, captured at ISO 200 and is a pretty stress-free subject in that there was little chance any highlights were going to be blown..



Here's the 100% crop from the JPEG file..



and the 100% crop from the RAW file. The clarity and reds in this RAW version to me are just better. Is the red more accurate in the sign? Not sure, but it seems to be in the flag.




Image #2, also captured at ISO 200..



Here's the JPEG file..



The red-ish sign on the back wall showed as clipped and I used the retrieval slider in ACR to correct it in this RAW version, and note the differences in the detail on the various t-shirts, like the grey "Texas Longhorns" towards the lower right-hand corner and even in the burnt orange Texas hat on the other guy.




Here's a mid-range, ISO 400 shot..



The JPEG version..



And the RAW version..



One last image, at ISO 3200, pretty extreme for the E-PL1 and this one comes down to preference of the grain pattern and detail retention. You will even see a difference in skin tones below. Which one is more accurate? Again, not sure.

In the previous JPEG images I had the noise filter on the E-PL1 turned down to LOW. Once the game started and the ISO's went extreme I changed to STANDARD, so that's what you are seeing here. In ACR I did not go all out in the noise reduction. I went to a point to where I liked the balance between noise reduction and detail retention.

Here's the full file..



The JPEG version..



The RAW version. the contrast is definitely much higher here. Looking at 100%, maybe good, maybe bad. I definitely like the grain pattern better and could turn down the clarity slider and maybe even Vibrance and better tone down the contrast a little bit.


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