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Wattlebird

Wattlebird

After last weeks dilemma of not being able to improve the lovely in flight shots I downloaded the latest version of Digital Photo Professional (free RAW image editor for Canon DSLR owners). This week I've edited the raw images using DPP and I've also edited the JPG versions using Picasa.

Can you tell which is which?

Wattlebird

The first 2 shots (above) have been enhanced with one editor and the second 2 (below) with the other. 

Wattlebird

Wattlebird

How about now? Can you see the difference zoomed in? 

top: RAW - bottom: JPG

Now admittedly this is not the best shot for illustrating the difference between the editing methods, and I am not very practised with using DPP, however I just wanted to use a normal shot on a normal day and show average results, not the extreme results that you get on occasion.

Nine times out of ten the difference in image quality, once the image is reduced to web friendly sizing, just wasn't worth the time and effort (to me) it takes for editing RAW versus editing the JPG. But it does make a difference. And on that 10th shot? It can be the difference between having a lovely usable photo and a completely useless image.

And just for completeness sake below are the unedited JPG's (after cropping).

unedited image of wattlebird

unedited image of wattlebird

24 comments:

  1. It is interesting to see and that extra lightening does make a difference, although they were great photos to begin with - I wish… I take everything on an Iphone4 so I really appreciate the clarity of your photos!
    Have a great week
    Wren x

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    1. My old phone took terrible photos but I'm rather surprised at the quality of the pics my new phone takes, so don't despair, your next phone is likely to surprise you too ;o)

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  2. I must admit I found only a little difference and would say the top images are from RAW. They look a little clearer. Love the pictures anyway, even if I'm wrong! #MySundayPhoto

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    1. You definitely got it right. The difference is there even after reducing to web size.

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  3. I must say I can't really see the differences, they looking stunning just as you take them

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    1. The difference is subtle and until you really zoom in the extra noise in the poorer quality images doesn't really show up.

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  4. What a totally beautiful bird. I don't think there is much difference - but I would have turned the exposure up a little more. I think they are great as they are though.

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    1. It was a really dark and gloomy day, and it shows through.

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  5. Isn't he so cool. I've never heard of one before

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. They are quite striking birds, but they bully all the smaller honey eaters.

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  6. The first set is clearer but I dont really know which app made that! You have the cutest subject =) #mysundayphoto

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    1. You have a good eye! The first 2 images were shot in RAW and processed with the free canon software - Digital Photo Professional.

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  7. Uh no, I can't tell any difference! So, I know I don't have a discerning eye! thank goodness, I don't need to be a professional to take pix of trash, and rotting food! lol

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    1. You're pics are just fine for your blog and your readers =D

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  8. Must admit I can't see the difference. Thank you for showing this process. I don't shoot in RAW and always edit in Jpeg as my pictures are generally for my blog only.

    Best pictures are always in good lihjt of which we don't get enough in the UK.

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    1. Lighting really does make a difference! But too much can be just as hard to deal with as not enough. If only golden hour lasted longer. *sigh*

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  9. It's really interesting to see the very subtle differences and the change in lighting with these photos. Love the unedited ones too, what a gorgeous bird! - Tasha

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    1. The difference becomes quite obvious as you zoom in and you can see just how pixelated the strait to JPG version is compared to the one edited in RAW then exported.

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  10. It's hard to see the difference... But lighting is something else. Extra lighting does make a difference (always!)
    Beautiful photos

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    1. Yes, I definitely wished for better lighting that day.

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  11. There is certainly a little more clarity in the top images, but the difference is quite subtle. Beautiful bird, and great images x

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    1. It is subtle but the bigger you make the images - say if you wanted to print a large poster - the more obvious that difference becomes. But everything has to get reduced back to postcard size for the web. You can get dramatic differences too but as often as not they are subtle.

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  12. I think you have to be a photographer to see it. :)

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    1. I've found it really interesting reading everyone's views. It just goes to show that spending 20 seconds v's 20 minutes on editing isn't really that big of a win for most shots unless you are aiming for HDR or other major colour enhancements, even then I can still use the quick editor and change my camera settings to achieve those looks. I prefer the natural look (which is not popular right now but that's okay)

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