RAW converters available.

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drjchamberlain
Jun 15, 2005
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Dear members:

Knowing that Photoshop CS’s Camera Raw is probably (in fact almost certainly) the best RAW file converter available today, I would like to read your opinions and suggestions on other RAW converters available as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

I would appreciate if you could mention all RAW converters that you know and give your input on how good they are and how they stack up against Camera Raw.

Thank you in advance for your help.


Dr. Joseph Chamberlain, D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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KatWoman
Jun 15, 2005
"Joseph Chamberlain, DDS" wrote in message
Dear members:

Knowing that Photoshop CS’s Camera Raw is probably (in fact almost certainly) the best RAW file converter available today, I would like to read
your opinions and suggestions on other RAW converters available as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

I would appreciate if you could mention all RAW converters that you know and
give your input on how good they are and how they stack up against Camera Raw.

Thank you in advance for your help.


Dr. Joseph Chamberlain, D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

LOLOOOOOLLLLL Here we go again…you may be sorry you asked this……. anyway I think this has been discussed quite a lot on here you may want to google it first………..
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Hecate
Jun 15, 2005
On Wed, 15 Jun 2005 04:05:39 GMT, "Joseph Chamberlain, DDS" wrote:

Dear members:

Knowing that Photoshop CS’s Camera Raw is probably (in fact almost certainly) the best RAW file converter available today, I would like to read your opinions and suggestions on other RAW converters available as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

I would appreciate if you could mention all RAW converters that you know and give your input on how good they are and how they stack up against Camera Raw.

Thank you in advance for your help.

We just had a whole discussion on this in the last week. Look for the thread named "Recommendation for RAW program". The first post was by Steve Wandy on 4th June. There’s about 50 or so posts in that thread.

FWIW, most people would disagree that ACR is the best.



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Goblinoid
Feb 15, 2006
Not that anyone SHOULD listen to a total newbie in the group.. but…

I work in a camera shop as well as have a little studio on the side. I have a Nikon digital ( 8800, go ahead, laugh now! 😉 ) and my girlfriend has a canon d20. We BOTH shoot in raw, me FAR less frequently than her – the 8800 takes FOREVER to save such files. Personally, from the 20,000 images I shot last year if 500 of them were NEF’s I’d be suprised.

Whereas my partner would sing out about RAW format as the *PERFECT* way to handle ANY problems of white balance and exposure in post processing _I_ have the opinion that, in shooting digital to begin with, it is not a great worry.

Sure, it is ‘fun’ to play with afterwards, but 1:2 or 1:4 Jpeg compression gives us 24"x36" enlargements at the shop with NO problems in reproduction of the digital files. Hell, WE have to convert them to jpeg to get the Fuji Frontier printer to load them anyway!

White balance? I shoot either a small grey card or ( in emergencies ) or a bit of white photostock before a shoot. From there I can EASILY build a ‘Levels’ layer in photoshop and then batch adjust all the images from that shoot to match up in post.

But, for playing with RAW files… I prefer ‘ Raw Shooter Essentials’ personally… or UFRAW and then the new incarnation of the windows version of the GIMP with the new ‘digicam noise’ filter to clean things up beyond that.

All that said… I also FREELY tell everyone that buys a camera off me to turn off their ‘red eye reduction flash’ asap… it only ever leads to pictures of people with their heads turned and their mouths open which is foolish considering how simple it is to remove red eye in digital photographs!

My advice on raw should be taken with the same grain of salt as red-eye! But, so far it is all working for me.

What do you think?

( thanks for your time! )

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