Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Emerald Cove

For someone who is serious about photography, there is no better program than Adobe's Lightroom software. And if you are serious about photography, you should be shooting in the RAW format. Yes, it has it's downside, in that the format has to converted to a more common file type, but the benefits of RAW far outweigh the negatives. One of the benefits is the ability to push the artistry of a photograph more towards your vision, even if that is not what the camera captured. Using Photoshop and a jpeg file, I may have been able to accomplish the same result, but it probably would have been at the expense of image quality.  Jpegs don't have nearly the bit depth of RAW files and banding in the colors would have been more noticeable. On the other hand, pushing the color to emerald in the RAW file was a piece of cake. It is also non-destructive because the changes are not made to the file until it is exported to another file type while the RAW file can be returned to it's original state. Yes, the end result is closer to fantasy, but that is what I had in mind and what I had been waiting for with the lighting.

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