Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lab or RGB?

An editing question for you. . . which version do you prefer. . . AND do you ever edit in LAB mode rather than RBG? I signed up for a month of lynda.com lessons, and have been working through some RBG photo editing suggestions and a course on LAB editing.

The 2nd photo was edited with very basic, and minimal, LAB editing; the first in RBG. It's not actually a completely fair comparison, because the settings in RAW in the two are different. . . I left more contrast in the LAB version, added it more after RAW in the RBG version.

SB800 flash, Manual mode, f/4.0; 1/40; ISO 400, 28-75 mm lens at 75mm.

And here's a bird update! After putting up Hedwig (thanks Shirley!), the next day, I looked out the window, and there were about 20 cedar waxwings in the trees all lined up and Staring at my house! I kid you not; they were all facing the house, not looking left or right or dangling upside down from the branches.

But they stayed away!

The next day, I looked out, and The Birds were now all in one tree, looking at the house, and a squirrel was in the other tree.

And THEN! The next day, there was a dead squirrel in my driveway!!!! (aren't you glad there's no photo?)

And then today, two birds crashed into my window in the front of my house, (not the back, where the Cedar Waxwings have been massing; and I'm not sure the kamikaze birds were waxwings --I haven't checked for corpses yet.)

Huh. There's a war of some sort going on, and I know Hedwig, my Owl, is so far being successful.

11 comments:

John F Cheney said...

Well i do prefer the one edited in RGB. I do think it is much warmer. What is LAB mode I have never heard of it? From a graphic artist standpoint I was always instructed to edit pictures in RGB and then when ready to print to convert the image into a CMYK image. This provides the least amount of image distortion, at least when printing. And as for your bird war VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!!! :)

pat said...

Hey hey! The Owl Overseer is doing his job. And the bonus seems to be the squirrel. As to the kamikaze birds--were they running into windows?

Maria said...

Wow! I had no idea John knew so much about this! I was just going to say I like the top picture better. I don't know why, I just do. How's that for technical?

shirley said...

The LAB version looks more saturated in color on my monitor. I've never even heard of LAB, so I have no idea what that entails over RGB, or if it just a setting in PS.

I applaud Hedwig. Fine owl, I say. As for the squirrel, just glad those birds are at war with him and not your house!

Meaghan said...

I can see the difference between the two but I don't really know anything about LAB mode. I'm glad your owl is working. Birds are kind of scarey. :)

Sharon said...

I stick with my sRBG settings. I don't print at home. Heck, I rarely print at all. ;)

I want more photos of the crazy birds!

Nicki, said...

oh my - why did I immediately think the God Father - dead squirrel head in your bed (you know they were thinking that, but the driveway was as far as they could get with it!!!) What an interesting entrance and exit you must have from your house. BTW - like the LAB mode. There was a recent tutorial on 2Peas about making your picture 'pop' using LAB mode adjustment - can't find it for the life of me now...

Jeanne said...

Oh my heavens, Angela, I'm giggling up a storm over your description of recent events. And the comments add to the mirth!

Now, I haven't been able to get too far into my new editing book, so I still don't know much other than what captures my untrained eye, but I prefer the 2nd photo you posted. The colors are more vibrant to me (is the word saturated?). Of the two photos, the first one looks more 1970s to me for some reason.

Good luck on ALL fronts!

Amy said...

Glad to hear the owl is working hard to keep your house nice! Sounds like you've had some funny sights with the birds just looking at your house. :)

Fortunately, my mom and dad have tons of beautiful flowers, so I'll be photographing them a lot!

Amy said...

And forgot to mention, I like the second shot the best, but don't have a clue what any of the stuff you wrote about means. I'm feeling photography-challenged big time!

Barb said...

I was wondering where all of our birds went. I guess it's spring in ND.