Lightroom 2 vs. 3 beta vs. out-of-camera JPEGs.
I’ve long since been an advocate of shooting in raw. Â There are many benefits such as the ability to adjust exposure and perhaps the most important for me – white balance, before the shots hit the web or press.
Unfortunately my tool of choice – Adobe Lightroom 2, has failed to impress me with its poor colour accuracy. Â I do, however, love its noise reduction routines allowing me to get a nice smooth look to my images even when shot at ISO 12800 or 25600 out of the 5D Mark II. Â My solution to get NR working well is to go to uncompressed TIFF first using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional, then import into LR2, then apply NR and export – a big pest!
LR3 has since been released which seems to give me very similar results to the JPEGs I get out of the camera (or Canon’s DPP, for that matter). Â But there’s no luminance NR, only colour NR which is still a BIG help and removes the purple banding effect I typically get with images I imported with LR2.
Here are three images – you decide which is best! Â Note that the colour wasn’t harmed by the colour or luminance NR setting that much – not to the degree we see here between the LR 2.x and 3 beta images.