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Old Sep 10, 2006, 3:25 PM   #1
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Using my Sigma 28-135mm Macro lens (tends to overexpose in Macro), Itook off a number of shots of a Dragon fly that had perched on a strand of barbed wire - all badly overexposed.

Too late - the creature had gone, so no re-takes. Now, I'm quite a fan of the Pentax PhotoLab conversion software bu it just would not copebut Adobe CS2 came to the rescue.

What a difference - image saved thanks to RAW.


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Old Sep 10, 2006, 4:01 PM   #2
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WOW! What a picture. I love it. And what a difference it make on the program used.



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i see the ''force'' was with you.. raw is RAW.. let's see-you lowered the exp about 1x, added about 30-40 shadows, decreased contrast and upped the saturation..

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try this
make a dark image
1) Copy the dark image and paste it over the bright one. This will automatically create a new layer in photoshop.
2) Select the dark (top) layer and create a new layer mask (this is done by hitting the button that has a circle within a square in the layers palette). A small white rectangle will appear next to the layer 1(dark) icon in the layers palette
3) Now select the backgrround (bright) layer; select all the contents and copy them.
4) Alt-click on the white square representing the layer mask, right next to the layer 1 icon. This should make the whole document white.
5) Paste. You should see your background image in black and white.
6) Filter -> Gaussian Blur -> 40 pixels.
7) Click on the background layer, and voilá! Flatten image and save.

edit: i try not to go much more that 2 stops between the two i'm using..

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Old Sep 11, 2006, 1:22 AM   #5
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there's one more advantege of RAW which I found out yesterday. I was in zoo and I took about 150 photos, all in RAW. because had to do PP I got rid of about 100 of them due to cametra shake or few similar frames. so I ended with about 50 good photos. If i shoot in jpg I'd have 150 photos because I never looked close on them before and never deleted most of them. It means for me more good photos and less bad ones on my HD.
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Too late - the creature had gone, so no re-takes. Now, I'm quite a fan of the Pentax PhotoLab conversion software bu it just would not copebut Adobe CS2 came to the rescue.

You really should download the free update of PPL Version 3 that uses Silkypix engine. It is much capable although the UI still quite confusing. IMHO, it generates much better photo than Adobe Lightroom.
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Too late - the creature had gone, so no re-takes. Now, I'm quite a fan of the Pentax PhotoLab conversion software bu it just would not copebut Adobe CS2 came to the rescue.
You really should download the free update of PPL Version 3 that uses Silkypix engine. It is much capable although the UI still quite confusing. IMHO, it generates much better photo than Adobe Lightroom.
Already tried it & wasn't too impressed although I only tried it Auto.

See http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=80

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i see the ''force'' was with you.. raw is RAW.. let's see-you lowered the exp about 1x, added about 30-40 shadows, decreased contrast and upped the saturation.
Only reduced the exposure by 2.45 & left everything else on Auto, then post processed using Images Levels to bring the darkness up a tad, then Highlights & Shadows followed by modest USM.
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robar wrote:
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try this
make a dark image
1) Copy the dark image and paste it over the bright one. This will automatically create a new layer in photoshop.
2) Select the dark (top) layer and create a new layer mask (this is done by hitting the button that has a circle within a square in the layers palette). A small white rectangle will appear next to the layer 1(dark) icon in the layers palette
3) Now select the backgrround (bright) layer; select all the contents and copy them.
4) Alt-click on the white square representing the layer mask, right next to the layer 1 icon. This should make the whole document white.
5) Paste. You should see your background image in black and white.
6) Filter -> Gaussian Blur -> 40 pixels.
7) Click on the background layer, and voilá! Flatten image and save.

edit: i try not to go much more that 2 stops between the two i'm using..
Followed this all the way through to 6 but no difference when following step 7
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Already tried it & wasn't too impressed although I only tried it Auto.

See http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=80

Never used Auto myself. I like to manually tweak it even in Adobe Lightroom. Auto just does not make sense when you use RAW.
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