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Dec. 6th, 2005 | 04:22 pm

red


Let me begin by saying, I am sold on raw. Case in point:

raw
The picture of the left is iphoto's default raw-to-jpeg conversion based on the data the camera saved. I'm guessing this is pretty similar to what I would've gotten if i'd been shooting in jpeg. The right image I manually processed in adobe camera raw, tweaking the white-balance, lowering the exposure, and changing the curves slightly. Yes you can do all these things in photoshop, but you lose quality. See the detail in the blown-out area of hope's cheek? That probably would've been permanently lost in jpeg.

Doing B&W
I've never really tried to mess with black and white photos before, but after seeing a number of people say "Channel Mixer!" I gave it a try. And it's cool. The image above was mostly from the Red channel with a little bit of green and blue. This is what happens when you do mostly blue:
blue
It's the equivalent of shooting with a red or blue filter on your camera, except you get to pick the filter after you take the shot, woo! Now, I have no idea how the film vs. digital war comes out when you make printouts, I can't imagine computer printouts will ever be quite as beautiful is a good darkroom print, but hopefully we're getting there. Eight megapixels is a lot to work with for a printer . . . but are there printers out there that do black and white well?

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from: anonymous coward
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)

In Black and White it looks like a Dorthea Lange photo.

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Karla

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from: karlykarz
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)

Hmm livejournal is mean, that was me above

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Catamighty

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from: champagnesheik
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)

Oooooh!!! Photo is love.
As for film vs. digital... I'm so torn. It's so much easier to manipulate digital photos, but it loses so much of the soul of manual photography. I just don't know what to think anymore...

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)

what about shooting manual with a digital camera?

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Catamighty

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from: champagnesheik
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)

NIET!
I guess by manual photography I meant manual printing.... y'know, enlargers and dodging and burning and all...

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Cleaning the moondust off a silky golden sun

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from: magnakai
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)

I know what you mean, but the undo button and preview window on a computer sways me like omfg

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Cleaning the moondust off a silky golden sun

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from: magnakai
date: Dec. 7th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)

Channel mixer is good, but THIS is better

http://www.designbyfire.com/000100.html
Scroll dooooown for one of the most awesome tutorials you've ever seen.

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