D800E vs. 5D3: Diminishing Returns or Reversal of Returns?

Started Jul 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
The_Suede
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Re: Your image samples in 1800px
In reply to anotherMike, Jul 24, 2013

Yes, it depends on the type of workflow that was built in to the raw converter. Some do the resample before converting from the working space into the output space, some don't.

But if you're working in PS, you can still access a "pseudo"-linear space - even though you can't undo the S-curve applied in the raw development and so on...

If you go to "convert to profile" and then select "custom RGB" the normal primaries that build your working space should be pre-filled into that option popup-window. Then just put "1.0" into custom gamma, and you're set. This has to be done in 16-bit space, or you're going to get serious banding in the darker parts of the image.

I've used pre-recorded "actions" to do this for quite a lot of years now, and still use the same basic scripts I arrived at while studying signal theory.This adds just a bit more edge to your results, but the difference isn't always that big. It gets more noticeable the more "patterns" you have in the image, like in architecture with tiles, textiles on models and so on. It has less visual effect on landscape photography, where all detail is (kind of) fractal anyway.

The important thing to remember is still to NEVER scale down more than 3x in one go in PS. That is - don't go from 22 or 36MP to 1024px or lower in one go. It takes just a few tenths of a second longer to do it in two steps if you're used to the PS shortcut keys, and in some images the difference this makes can be huge. This is usable for small web-presentations and so on.

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