I'm noticing a significant difference between the tone-mapped image that I see in PhotoEngine and what shows up when I save or export the image as a .tif or .jpeg. The image appears generally brighter and has less contrast. Besides working through Photoshop, are there any tricks to help retain the quality I see in the image before exporting?
I export my HDR'd tiff image from Oloneo into CS3. My Colour Workspace in CS3 is set to AdobeRGB and I'd had that set as the export setting from Oloneo. However, reading this article they seem to recommend exporting into another editor in ProPhoto RGB format.
Sat 22-Dec-12 11:10 AM | edited Sat 22-Dec-12 11:11 AM by esantos
For editing in 16-bit color (such as a TIF) ProPhoto is your best choice as the working color space in Photoshop or Lightroom or any other editor that supports it. If you are exporting to an 8-bit JPG don't use ProPhoto because the wide gamut is not suitable for an 8-bit file and may cause banding issues.
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Thanks Ernesto. I don't want to hijack this thread but I wonder if you can help clarify something for me.
My camera (D50 at the moment, going to D7000) is set with Colour Mode of AdobeRGB. NEFs are processed in ACR again with AdobeRGB set as the output format. The Colour Setting I have in CS3 is AdobeRGB. If I am going to put the image on the web I "Convert to Profile" sRGB. "Save for web" with "ICC Profile" ticked.
Does that sound right?
Now to Oloneo. If I export from Oloneo in ProPhoto and leave the CS3 Colour Setting as AdobeRGB is that OK? or should I also change the CS3 setting to ProPhoto as well?
Your workflow is correct but I question why you are using AdobeRGB 1998 in Photoshop. It doesn't matter what color space you set in the camera when you are shooting in NEF because a raw file does not have a set color space. It isn't until you demosaic the file in ACR that you select the color space and if you are going to continue to edit in 16-bit color using ProPhoto RGB has a big advantage. You'll want to set your color preferences in Photoshop to ProPhoto RGB as the working space. Then when outputting to the web continue to use the current workflow you described.
Now, I don't recall if CS3 came with ProPhoto RGB but you can download it here: