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Mt Shuksan... Are You In There?

  Mt Shuksan... Are You In There?
Mt Shuksan... Are You In There?
This is the Before photo that gives a dramatic example of what can be done with Raw. The original file is almost totally black from severe underexposure.
© Jim Miotke
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  Mt Shuksan - Back from the Dead
Mt Shuksan - Back from the Dead
After converting the severely underexposed Raw file, this resulting photo is far from perfect. There is a ton of noise, for instance. However, it's dramatic all the same. Imagine what you can do with a file that is only somewhat under or over exposed!
© Jim Miotke
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Jim Miotke
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    After converting the severely underexposed Raw file, this resulting photo is far from perfect. There is a ton of noise, for instance. However, it's dramatic all the same. Imagine what you can do with a file that is only somewhat under or over exposed!


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10/19/2005 11:43:21 AM

 
Joe Terni
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2004
 

 
Well thats the closest thing I have seen to a miracle! What a great recovery...Just goes to show what can be done.Great.


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11/17/2005 4:13:56 AM

 
Tina Davidson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/12/2005
 

Jim - the picture is beautiful. But how did you do it?? You say "after converting" - was that to TIFF file? Where did you go from there? Thanks, Tina


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11/17/2005 7:42:15 AM

 
Li Su  

For the noise, you can run it through Neat Image. It does wonder too.


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11/17/2005 8:34:52 AM

 
Michele Wassell  

What did you do in the raw converter software to get it to look the way it is afterwards? I can never get mine to come out this good, actually not even close to this good!

Michele


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11/18/2005 7:36:23 PM

 
Diane L. Thomas
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2004
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Well Jim are you going to tell us how you did this or is it a learning lesson for us to search out on our on.
This is a great job. Diane Thomas


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11/22/2005 4:59:33 AM

 
Tina Davidson
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Jim - me again - I'm still trying to figure this out. I was just learning about CS2's raw converter capabilities - is this what you used?


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11/22/2005 6:46:46 AM

 
Michele Wassell  

OR a link to a lesson on how this can be accomplished as good as you have done it here.

Thanks.... :)


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11/22/2005 6:54:04 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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It's a trade secret. I could tell ya, but then I'd have to kill ya.

Seriously, the answer here is huge. How to convert Raw files is such a big topic that Jon Canfield teaches a 4-week class on that topic alone.

In this case, all I can tell you is: I shot a Camera Raw file, opened it in the File Browser of Photoshop CS (before buying CS2 with Bridge). I moved the Exposure slider almost all the way to the right.

Again, this was an extreme situation and you'd never want to purposely do this much of an adjustment if you can help it.

Sorry I can't talk more now... I'm slammed with getting some projects completed before I head half way across the world on an exciting photo adventure. I could tell you where but then... you know :)


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11/22/2005 5:03:43 PM

 
Michele Wassell  

LOL!! :) Thank you Jim for the little bit that you did give.. Your photo gives me a motivation to learn to improve in that kind of an edit situation and I now know it can be done.

Good luck on your journey half way across the world! :)

Michele :)


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11/22/2005 6:07:45 PM

 
Diane L. Thomas
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Jim, what a sense of humor you have.
Thanks for the honest answer, for some reason I knew you couldn't give us the details. Maybe one day I'll take Jon course. Have to save up tho. Have an exciting trip. Happy Holiday. Diane Thomas


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11/23/2005 2:40:19 AM

 
Jeff Rogers  

I find it interesting that this article promoted a way to learn how to do this and then the answer is left out! One of my students had the same problem and emailed me a horrid jpeg. After 10 seconds the fix looked just as good as what was shown above. Open image, then go Image-Adjust-Shadow/Highlight and adjust the shadows. The results will amaze you. No need for a four day workshop.


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11/23/2005 6:22:08 AM

 
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