PHOTO: Duck w/ducklings: Jpeg from camera vs processed RAW file through photoshop

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-rx8-
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013 5:38AM
Hi there,


I just need some feedback on which of these images look better, is it just me or does the image prcessed by the camera look cleaner. What image adjustment should I apply to get better results for this type of photo?


Image processed by camera


RAW Image processed by photoshop


Also what is the time limit for files in the que to be accepted by istock at this present point in time?


Kind regards,


Billy

(Edited on 2013-05-19 07:28:11 by -rx8-)

(Edited on 2013-05-19 07:30:48 by -rx8-)

(Edited on 2013-05-20 12:58:55 by donald_gruener)
erniedecker
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013 9:07PM

I agree the jpg is SLIGHTLY better, but the raw can easily brought to the same level if not better. Just my initial first impression would be (using the raw processing engine in Lightroom 4.4 and/or whatever the equivalent ACR version is) to decrease blacks and increase whites to where they just start to clip. Then maybe a small increase in contrast.


All that boils down to what would basically be a levels adjustment.
-rx8-
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:15AM
Hi Erniedecker, thanks for taking time to look at the images and for your advice. I knew there was something up in that I was struggling to get a better image than the camera processed jpeg in this instance!

(Edited on 2013-05-20 01:27:38 by -rx8-)
Pil-Art
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:16AM
/ /I am non-exclusive like you and my waiting period for file approval is currently about 3 weeks :/
-rx8-
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:32AM
Thanks Pil-Art, thanks for posting. Now that I know it is 3 weeks, it's ok.
esp_imaging
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 3:16AM
Camera processing is slightly darker and more contrasty and has less yellow in it.  Easy to do this with your RAW file.
It has also added a duckling at the right of frame. This is harder to do in most RAW converters.
kelvinjay
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 3:32AM

Posted By esp_imaging:

It has also added a duckling at the right of frame. This is harder to do in most RAW converters.


Haha! Indeed.
-rx8-
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 9:27AM
Thanks for the input lads, very helpful. I did notice that my camera processed images had more yellow in them than the RAW file so I adjusted the hue a little, there is prob a better way of dooing this than the way I approached it. I could try curves or colour balance or something, any ideas? I like the camera processed yellow so I should be able to get the raw file the same or much better so I'll give it another go in a few hours time. 
esp_imaging
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 9:45AM
I often use curves for minor colour tweaks, but several other options could give perfectly acceptable results.
-rx8-
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013 1:41AM
Thanks for your advice, esp-imaging
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