Which Photo is the Better Edit?

A friend of mine recently asked me to edit a photo that was shot of her. She wasn’t totally thrilled with the way the photographer edited the photo, so I thought I’d give it a shot myself. The opening photo is the original file, and here are two different versions of some quick edits that I did in both Photoshop Elements and Lightroom 3. This one was a bit tough because the photographer shot in JPEG, which immediately limits what I can do with the image vs shooting in RAW. As I’ve stated before, there is so much more information stored in a raw file.

To explain this a bit better think of:

– JPEGs as the prints from the film days that you picked up from Walgreens.

– RAW files are like the negatives, only digital. If you have the negative, you can do so much more with the final image.

Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below and also let us know why you think so please.



Which Photo is Better?

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.