Oct. 27 update: If you are using the latest Mac OSX Safari browser you will probably not see much difference in any of the images below. If you switch to another browser the article should make more sense.
I am afraid that today’s blog posting is going to end with more questions than answers. Maybe one of the readers of this posting can give me the answers I am looking for. Most of the time I find that Lightroom (Export) actually gives me a fairly decent image for website use, but every once in a while I come across an image that just doesn’t look anywhere near as good, after all the resizing and converting, as it did when I was looking at it in the Lightroom application window.
This particular image has a fairly wide range of tones and does not work well if the foreground subject matter is even slightly washed out, losing it’s three dimensional appeal.
Screen Shot of the image in the Lightroom window. Processed in PS CS2 - Save for Web, sRGB
Cropped in image of the Screen Shot. Processed in PS CS2 - Save for Web, sRGB
Exported from Lightroom - sRGB - JPEG
Exported from Lightroom - Adobe RGB (1998) - JPEG (just to show what happens with this setting)
Exported from Lightroom - Prophoto RGB - JPEG (just to show what happens with this setting)
Exported from Lightroom as TIF (16-bit Prophoto RGB) - Processed in PS CS2 - Converted to 8-bit sRGB and Saved As JPEG
Exported from Lightroom as TIF (16-bit Prophoto RGB) - Processed in PS CS3 - Converted to 8-bit sRGB and Saved As JPEG
So who can help me improve the quality of my Lightroom JPEG Exports? It just doesn’t seem right that I can get the best quality from a screen shot.