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What do you use for post processing?
Old 01-13-2008, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read a little bit last night and early this morning about the dynamic range of digital cameras and raw conversion and the lot. I was wondering what all of you use in you post process. I'm not looking for a step by step workflow. But, I'm interested to know if any of you convert a raw file to a 16 bit or larger file type and print from that. For example, I've been using the Canon DPP software and saving to 8 bit tiff, then using photoshop. While my skill level doesn't require it, I'm think of using 16 bit files, and maybe some other software.
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I normally use the 8 bit mode myself when I convert from RAW. But it really depends on what I'm going to do with the image. Maybe one time out of ten I'll know that I plan to do extensive manipulation of the image where 16 bit will give an advantage (to offset the disadvantage of slowing down Photoshop).

The other approach is to embed the RAW file as a Smart Object when going to Photoshop and then you're working with the all of the data of the original image capture.

Now, the above being said, I'm on an extremely fast Window's machine and even at 16 bit its very fast, so I work more in 16 bit that I used to. But keep in mind that the 16 bit PSD or TIF files you may save out will be quite a bit larger, so now disk space comes into play. But with the super cheap prices on External hard drives (about $80 for a 250 gb and $125 for a 500 gb drive) space is not really a problem any more.

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