Original shot taken with Sigma DP2 at ISO50. When I took it I thought, jaij, this is beautiful. Well, back home I wondered why I didn’t pay more attention on what it was that I got. Well, I decided to play with it and make a developer test out of it. So here we go. As you see, the original is badly under exposed and slightly tilted. The first software I tried was Lightroom 2.4.
With Lightroom I used some tricks like painting in order to make it look even better. The paint is a slight orange tone applied to places with direct sunlight. I made a movie that will be on youtube in a while with my exact workflow.. I didn’t use fill light much, instead I used a gradient mask to make half the picture lighter.
The second software I tried was Raw Developer, but because RD don’t have native support for Sigma DP2 I first had to convert my RAW to Adobe DNG format using Lightroom 2.4
With Raw Developer 1.84 I used fill light, and shadow lifting in order to both have sky and shadows. I also corrected horizon before saving. This particular shot is actually saved twice as JPEG so don’t pay too much attention to pixel peeping. I realized that a watermark on each picture was a nice touch, but too late. :)
Third software used was Sigma Photo Pro 3.3 for Mac.
With Sigma I normally don’t use X3 Fill light so much but here I decided to give it a try. Result isn’t too bad, but perhaps a bit too artificial result. Normally I save as two pictures. One for highlights and one for shadows and then I bering those two shots together using Photoshop. So I did:
Which one do you prefer?