Ahh... The Wonders of RAW

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  1. BTilson

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    This picture isn't necessarily brag worthy, even though I do think it's kind of cute. However, it was one of the darkest ones I took at a wedding I helped shoot today. Thankfully I was shooting RAW. Check out the before and after. Quite amazing, I think.

    Before, straight out of camera (except for resizing and the border obviously):

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    After:

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    Just wanted to share! I think I have a new found love for RAW!
     
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    I love RAW, you do have to watch for noise and strange effects when doing drastic lightening.
     
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    nice job and I agree with /\. Too much and you get noise and strange colors, especially in skin.
     
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    Personally I wouldn't say you've salvaged the photograph at all. You may have brightened it, but the noise is horrible and the skin tones don't look right.

    Yes RAW can be a great saviour, but maybe not this time. Better to realise what you did wrong at the time of shooting and learn from that mistake, than to try and post-process your way out of it.
     
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    I fully agree. Thankfully for the bride and groom, I wasn't the main photographer, I was just tagging along, mostly for the experience above all else. In this case, I was shooting from an upstairs balcony in relatively low light, and a lot of my shots turned out pretty dark. This edit was a quick stab at working with RAW, which I am also pretty new at. I still think the results are impressive, not perfect by any means, but impressive. I think when printed from full res, that shot above would make a fine 4x6 or 5x7.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    raw is RAW!
     
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    RAW is nice. I started shooting in RAW the first time I had the chance too.

    Anyways. Back to the picture. I noticed the noise from the the clothes.
     

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