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StickBreitling

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StickBreitling Registered since 15th May 2007
Mon 08-Dec-08 09:56 AM

I usually shoot raw+fine jpeg with my D700. The jpeg results are extremely good, but recently I've run into some more challenging conditions.

One involved a bright cloudy sky at a beach. Exposing correctly for the beach resulted in loss of some of the sky definition. Conventional wisdom calls for an ND grad (or even HDR with a tripod) - I had neither on me. I processed the raw file and was amazed at how much detail I was able to pull back in from the highlights. It certainly saved the shot.

The second example was photographing Christmas lights outside houses at night. The jpeg had the lights exposed correctly. However, the house itself would be almost black. Bringing in the fill light from the raw file resulted in a lot of detail being extracted.

Have to say that the D700 jpegs are impressive, but the raw is amazing. I use ACR to process. I've always shot raw alongside jpegs in case the white balance needed tweaking, but have now opened my eyes to the extra dynamic range it holds.

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