Blown out tulips

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Al Valentino
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Re: Blown out tulips
In reply to nixda, May 19, 2013

nixda wrote:

BingoCharlie wrote:

intruder61 wrote:

it can be fixed in PS as a raw file.

Honest question: Isn't it possible that he clipped the red highlights completely, meaning he can't recover them in raw?

Absolutely. The OP even states that the raw data are blown as well. At least that's how I read his/her post. In that case, indeed, nothing much can be done. Lesson learned: it seems one has to be a bit careful with the reds on the Fujis, even on the X-Trans cameras. In this particular case, perhaps, one can pull it back a bit by using the data in the other channels, but the color would get distorted no matter what, so the final result wouldn't be authentic, unless one does some sophisticated color correction on top of it.

Although reds are the most notorious for this type of problem the thing to watch for is the dominant color in the composition. for example, a shot dominated with grass or tress might blow out the green channel and thus lose detail in those parts of the picture. I have also had problems with blowing the blue channel out.

This issue is well handled if a camera has a Histogram that show separate R G B histograms as I mentioned above. Hopefully fuji will add this much needed feature in future cameras or possibly firmware upgrades.

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