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Bragging about our expensive mirrorless/DSLR vs a point and shoot

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Tom Schum
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Automatic tone curve optimization
In reply to mistermejia, Jun 17, 2014

I think this is one more example pointing to widespread use of an automatic tone curve optimization process, done in low cost cameras and cellphones, but NOT DONE in higher-end "professional" or "enthusiast" cameras such as the esteemed X-E1. Personally I wouldn't have it otherwise, but these low cost cameras are doing some very effective tricks.

I have no proof of this, but it arouses my suspicions.

Anyway, one of the first things I try when processing an image is "smart fix". With this, Photoshop Elements tries to automatically optimize the tone curve. Frequently this makes a huge difference in the appearance of the photo. Sometimes, I can't do any better so I keep it (don't tell anyone on the forum, they will think I am a simpleton).

With my X-E1 images I find I am constantly battling dynamic range issues. Recently I have been developing my raws in Silkypix using minimum contrast. Here is one. The processing options make a big difference and there are so many of them!

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