Why I do my own conversions4/21/2014 02:20:00 PM
Working on a review of the Olympus E-M1 (more info about that later) and trying to understand the ca...
Working on a review of the Olympus E-M1 (more info about that later) and trying to understand the camera's built-in image processing options. Since I capture raw images about 99% of the time, I don't have a very good appreciation of the camera's own capabilities.
This quick portrait of Catherine and Arthur was shot Raw + JPEG. Here's the black and white JPEG that came straight from the camera. (I was shooting with the monochrome "creative filter" enabled.)
|Catherine and Arthur. JPEG straight from the camera.|
It's not bad. But compare it to the conversion I did myself from the raw file, in Adobe Lightroom 5:
This is why I do my own conversions. The camera can do a remarkably good job. I can do a better one.
Here by the way is a conversion made from the color Raw original in Nik's (well, Google's) SilverEfex Pro — one of the classic black and white conversion tools favored by pros:
|Black and white conversion in SilverEfex Pro.|
It's better than the out-of-camera JPEG. But I still like the Lightroom conversion better. So, it turns out that the E-M1's JPEG engine is pretty good. But I'm going to continue shooting raw and working each image myself.