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Topaz Adjust AI

Without Topaz Adjust AI and DeNoise AI

Once upon a time, about eight and half years ago, I didn’t shoot in RAW; I only saved my shots in jpg format. Alas, those photos are far more difficult to process in terms of getting them to look like what the scene originally looked like. The above, 11-photo photomerge is one such example. In Photoshop I wasn’t able to get the final panorama to look like the brilliance of the sunset from that one evening in New York back in 2012. Because I shot in jpg, the details were muddy and not recoverable (in Photoshop at least).

I downloaded Topaz Labs’ Adjust AI to see if it could do better. Adjust AI comes with a bunch of filters, none of which I liked. However, the adjustments for highlights, colors, shadows, etc. are far more powerful and customizable in manual mode than what you see in Photoshop, and I was able to bring the scene back to something more closely resembling what I saw with my naked eye that evening. The results are below.

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With Topaz Adjust AI and DeNoise AI

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Sayulita after sunset (before and after processing)

The above photo is the .jpg file straight out of the camera, but that isn’t really what the scene looked like in person. For the more accurate photograph some processing of the RAW file was required.

The below image is after a couple minutes of processing with Photoshop Adobe CC and Topaz AI DeNoise.

If you click on the images to get to their full sizes you’ll be able to see the differences better.

RAW vs jpeg in food photography

unedited jpeg straight out of the camera

unedited jpeg straight out of the camera

RAW jolene's sweets cake

edited RAW Jolene’s Sweets cake

Previously I only used the .jpg files from my camera. Then I began shooting in RAW for difficult lighting situations. Slowly I’ve come to the point where I only shoot in RAW. Perhaps today’s comparisons can give you an idea as to why.

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RAW jolene's sweets cake

processed RAW

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unedited jpeg

RAW jolene's sweets cake

processed RAW

What a difference shooting in RAW can make!

jpg vs raw jpeg

jpg version

I was going through and deleting some photos from last summer when I came upon the photo above. I almost hit delete, but I was curious what the photo was even of so I decided to take a peek at the RAW file before deleting.

This was the same photo in RAW format:

RAW night walk koyasan okunoin

RAW version of same photo

At first I thought I had opened the wrong photo, but then I checked the file name and sure enough they were the same.

I took this while walking through the Okunoin Cemetery just after sunset. I didn’t have a tripod so I just set my camera on rocks or headstones to take long exposures. Obviously, this one @ 30 seconds wasn’t long enough for a jpg photo, but in RAW it almost looks properly exposed.