One RAW File vs. An HDR Composite?

Here’s a letter from one of my clients: Hi John, Thanks much for the post on HDR – that looks like wonderful software!  A question: If I shoot in RAW, isn’t there enough dynamic range in one RAW file to achieve the same results?  Just wondering… Ann S. Great question, Ann! The short answer: No. Even shooting in RAW, one file cannot get the full dynamic range available to you in a composite HDR image. To further explain, let’s talk about the dynamic range of the sensors in most modern digital cameras… A typical D-SLR has a dynamic range of

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Going from RAW Converter to Photoshop – What To Do in Each Program?

As many of you know, I’m a big proponent of shooting in RAW for your important images.  With that in mind, here’s a very good question from one of my clients, Frank Carter of Wilmington, North Carolina… After trying out and testing 3 different RAW converters (DXO, Capture NX 2 and Adobe Camera Raw 5.2 in Photoshop CS4) I decided to take your advice and upgrade to Photoshop CS4.  I have a question:  Adobe Camera Raw 5.2 has so many adjustments – Do you make a lot of adjustments in RAW or just a few basic adjustments and then use

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