On the dynamic range of RAW...

Started Nov 30, 2004 | Discussions thread
OP Brian G. Veteran Member • Posts: 6,531
Re: Seems to work very well.

Hi Typo,

Typeaux wrote:

I understand Eric_17's assertion about increased dynamic range (DR)
decreasing contrast since doing so increases the range of greyscale
available and thus makes the transitions smoother and less
"contrasty."

Ok, now I see what he was saying. Thank you.

I also know that color becomes desaturated with more dyanmic range.

Agreed.

Knowing all of that does not change the fact that increased DR
makes more highlight and shadow detail available. Once those
details have been brought out, further post processing can
selectively increase contrast and color saturation as desired,
while retaining all or most of the detail recovered by increased DR.

Agree here also. I certainly would not shy away from using this technique on color images.

I'm impressed with the color version, and don't think more
saturation would work with this image. Sometimes more contrast and
saturation is desired, and sometimes it is superfluous (as is even
color itself, for some images).

To be honest, I am not sure anything has been added to this
particular photograph by the introduction of color to the image,
other than to illustrate that your demonstration does work for both
monochrome and color shots under these extreme conditions.

Thanks again for your time and for making this subject more
accessible for so many of us.

No problem at all. I enjoy threads like this. Interesting discussions, learning, very worthwhile in my opinion.

Kind Regards,
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