Lament of 6.1

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  1. Efergoh

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    I have two beautiful photographs that I shot in RAW, and I wanted to print large (20"x30"). Try as I may, they just won't hold together. the transitions from shadow to light look horrific. Pull the shot back to 12x18, they are borderline.

    *sigh....

    Anyone wanna buy a Minolta Maxxum 5D?
     
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    What do you shoot with now?
     
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    Digital? Minolta Maxxum 5D.

    Gonna sell the body and buy a Sony A100.
     
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    How are you enlarging/interpolating the image?
     
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    Photoshop.

    after opening the RAW file, Image--->Image Size---> select desired size.

    I tried printing them twice. 300dpi and 240dpi. Both looked like crap. I have another one that didn't have the dramatic shift from light to dark, and that one didn't come out too ugly, but the ones I shot using a 10% grid have horrible transitions from light to shadow in the skin tones.
     
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    what are you printing with?
     
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    Epson 4800 and Epson 9600
     
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    Have you tried gradually increasing the image size, say in 10% increments? Interpolating to 20"x30" at 300dpi in one action may be what's causing you trouble here.
     
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    I'll give that a shot. Much of it has to do with the shadows...

    This is one of the images I was trying to print:

    [​IMG]
     
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    What was your ISO and exposure settings? What is your file size? Digi does not handle under exposed photos well. Depending on the camera ISO above 800 goes south very fast. Meaning you will not get the gradation of tones you are looking for. The lighting it self is harsh. Do not try and bring out something that is not there. Maybe re shoot with some bounce cards opening key areas.

    Shooting raw is not the cure all. Start by printing the original jpg and work from there.

    View your photo at 100%. If you are happy with what you see then work on the printer settings. Again; spill those settings and we will be able to help further.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Can you work in 16bit rather than 8bit? A higher bit image will have many more tones with which to transition from light to dark. It may get compressed somewhere in the process anyway (print drivers etc) but it may help.
     
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    Try sending it out to be "printed" on actual photo paper (using a laser or LEDs to expose photo paper). These prints do wonders even for lower res photography. The systems usually support a hardware RIP (raster image processor) that does all of the upsampling needed, and the dedicated RIPs usually do much much better than you can do "at home". Try out MPix, Adorama, or even Kodak's online printing. You may be surprised. I now use my epson printer only for proofing.
     

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