The Rest of Shangri-La

I am just going to post an assortment of photos from Shangri-La. That should finish up the Shangri-La part of my Yunnan trip. They are just an assortment of photos from different sites at Shangri-La.

All photos were shot in RAW with Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. The RAW files were converted with Capture One Pro and further processed with Photoshop CS5 before outputting to the web.


5 thoughts on “The Rest of Shangri-La

  1. Hi. Just saw your nice photos on Shangrila. You said “The RAW files were converted with Capture One Pro and further processed with Photoshop CS5 before outputting to the web.”
    I have a Nikon 5000 camera with AF-S NIKKOR 18 – 55mm 1:3.3 – 5.6G lens that came with the camera. I have 2 additional lenses which I purchased AF – S NIKKOR 10 – 24 mm1:3.5 – 4.5G ED (wide angle) lens and AF – S NIKKOR55 – 200mm1:4-5.6G ED (VR) (zoom) lens.
    Can you advise as to weather processing raw photos taken with these 3 lenses requires different strategies/softwares or the softwares used by you can be used for all three types of photos. Are theses softwares free or does one have to buy them? Can I also take this oppurtunity to request you to put up a page on processing raw photos because novices like me would like to know how to improve what we have shot!

    • Hi Ranjan,

      RAW files produced by the camera is independent on what lens was being used. It is still the same type of RAW files. So whatever lens you have mounted on your Nikon D5000 does not really matter as far as shooting in RAW is concerned. It would not affect the quality of the RAW file, nor would it affect the software used to process the RAW file.

      There are many RAW processors available on the market. Some are free, but usually, the best quality ones are not. The camera makers usually would bundle their own version of RAW software with the camera, so Nikon would have given you their own RAW software with the D5000. Here are some of the most popular or commonly used 3rd party RAW processors:- Adobe Lightroom, Capture One/Capture One Pro, Apple Aperture, Bibble, DxO Optics Pro. Photoshop CS5 also has an integrated RAW processor that share the same RAW processing engine as Adobe Lightroom. So some people with Photoshop CS5 would just do RAW conversion with Photoshop rather than suing a separate RAW convertor.

      The pros and cons of shooting in RAW vs JPEG has been discussed to death already in far too many forum debates and by various photographic experts and writers all over the web. In theory, for ultimate image quality, RAW should have an edge over JPEG, I personally choose to shoot in RAW almost 100% of the time. However, in real life, there are far many many variables that affect image quality that just purely RAW vs JPEG. There are many photographers, both professional and amateur, who shoot entirely in JPEG and produced excellent quality photos. So shooting the RAW per does not really improve your photos. There is a lot one need to learn with both photographic and post-processing techniques to take advantages of the possible benefits of shooting in RAW.

      I may consider writing a primer on RAW processing when I have time, but there is really too many things that I need to do, so the priority may not be too high at the moment. If you do a search on the web, you will find mountains of information on RAW processing by different writers. Maybe one of them maybe able to help you before I have time to write the primer.

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