thanks for your reply. Strange that the pics suddenly stopped working. They used to work when I uploaded them and some people have commented them so I assume they have seen them too. Anyway... I uploaded them again. Hope they work now for you.
I started to shoot digital with the original Canon 1Ds. I have converted many thousand RAW files in the process/years. I've shot color charts, had custom profiles created and all. Still it eats up far too much time and work to get . And the RAW files require mostly localized adjustment and it's always an exercise to get a balance between skin-color and the background. Redishness, venes, etc all is picked up by the possibly "over-accurate" color reproduction capability. With film this was (depending on the film) not a problem at all.
I have read about a patent a couple days ago that was talking about identifying skin colors and selectively/automatically optimize them. Now that would be nice if also MFDB's had efforts being taken in such directions.
I understand that your landscape work requires a completely different toolset and you can probably spend more time on FIXING color and contrast in an individual file. But if you have a fashion/people/lifestyle/catalog client that wants to do the editing (file selection) himself and doesn't give you time to finetune all 1500 frames you shot that day will be very disappointed when he sees the color.
I'm not sure if you're right that a professional tool needs to create more work than a consumer grade product. In my opinion the professional product should get you beyond the possiblities of the consumer grade product and allow to perform further optimization from there.
Think about a hammer for weekend-DIY people compared to a commercial nail gun.
I want to concentrate on the shoot, set, models and later retouching and not getting the color where it should have been to start with.
Have you seen the latest Nikon software? It allows to define local tuning of the RAW file with the NIK u-point or something technology. Very nice idea and gives you a lotta control.
But with film I never need that :-)
PS: I don't know why this thread shows up twice. Maybe you can consolidate it with this one? Thanks.http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index....showtopic=24674