Raw files are not meant to be final images like JPEG files are. In fact, manufacturers build in compromises for blacks and dark tones in Raw files that are designed to be adjusted in a program like Adobe Lightroom.
Lightroom makes adjusting Raw files fast and easy, but one of the big benefits of Lightroom is using the local controls that allow you to get the most from your photos just like Ansel Adams did with his images.
In this photo, prickly phlox flowers become a part of the of the chaparral-covered landscape in the Santa Monica Mountains outside of Los Angeles, California.
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