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Old Sep 22, 2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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After reading about the advantages of RAW, I have started to shoot some pictures in RAW.
I used PS to convert them to DNG and edited them in PS then saved as JPG
It all seems like a heck of a lot of work, but I already like the freedom it seems to give me.
My main thought is: why look at 100 crappy photos, if you can look at 3 great once (hopefully in the future).

So, here is my first result.
Please let me know where I screwed up and what I need to change, add or leave out.
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Your processing looks very good. I would have preferred a greater DOF, where the spider and the web are in focus, but that has nothing to do with how you processed the image.
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greater DOF, does this mean higher f-value?
I tried to go higher in the f-stop, but then the shutter speed was too slow.
It is windy outside and I did this handheld.
I also uploaded the original RAW file, in case someone wants to take a look at it.

http://www.buhlinger.com/pictures/IMG_0082.zip
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I tried to go higher in the f-stop, but then the shutter speed was too slow.
It is windy outside and I did this handheld.
Yup, that's the box you get into. If possible, you might consider cranking up the ISO to give you more head room on the other two parameters. But I've just started playing with macro stuff, and I find it really challenging for just those reasons...
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thanks,
here is a crop of the spider only, to see the DOF on her.

Hopefully the wind calms down tomorrow and I'll be using my tripod when I re-visit her.
I can see that a real macro lens is in my near future, I don't know how much I can get out of this kit lens.
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Hope you like them. Used a linux raw developer (darktable) which has a base curve designed for your camera and enhanced input color profiles for better colour management. Added some velvia effect to enhance the green and saturation and also a very small radius of noise reduction to avoid blurring and losing further details of the spider's net.
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Hope you like them. Used a linux raw developer (darktable) which has a base curve designed for your camera and enhanced input color profiles for better colour management. Added some velvia effect to enhance the green and saturation and also a very small radius of noise reduction to avoid blurring and losing further details of the spider's net.
Wow, that looks amazing.
Since I don't have linux, do you think I should keep trying in PS to see if I can get a result close to yours?
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You can definitely do it on PS & ACR or Canon's own raw developer, will take some different tweaking steps. But not everyone likes these colours. You should probably try to get a result closer to what your eye saw on the scene.
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