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Conversion Software

Posted 01-24-2010 at 01:44 PM by cricket1961

During my last webinar I was asked what i used for processing raw files from Photographers.

The easy answer would be to say whatever software I am feeling is a favorite at the moment. BUt of course that would be a bit arbitrary and not always the best choice.

I currently have several applications that I use. ACR and Lightroom are two of them. Even though Lightroom is based upon ACR and ACR is pretty easy and straightforward to use, I tend to lean more towards Lightroom. I love the ability to go backwards in time with the image whenever I want. Or to make virtual copies of an image to see side by side comparisons of various corrections. There are really a lot of reasons to use Lightroom and not to many not to.

Occasionally I will get a few files that just don't seem to work all that well coming out of ACR or Lightroom. For whatever reason. At those times I move over to another piece of software that has been around for awhile and has caught up with Lightrooms flowing workflow.

Capture One 5 has come a long long way and has some exceptional controls for color correction and sharpening. It handles pretty much the same amount of raw files that its competition uses, but it invariably handles Phase files a lot better. Lightroom opens some of these files and handles them fine, but sometimes there is a new release that Capture One handles better... for instance the new P65+. Fantastic images. ACR and Lightroom open the files but you can see a huge difference when placed side by side with the output from Capture One 5

For the last year or so I have also been utilizing a great piece of software called RPP, or Raw Photo Processor. It is a pretty advance processing application that is a bit confusing to get used to. But it offers some qualities that no one else on the market does.

Its free for one.... always nice!

RPP handles nearly every camera on the market and is constantly updating profiles and adding new ones for new cameras. There are two version, the free one, and the version where you make a donation that gets you some added capabilities. Both versions give you a very film like output and are capable of sending to Photoshop a 32 bit image. It also does 8 bit or 16 bit, along with a variety of colorspaces.

But the 32 bit capability to me is what makes this application shine. It is very valuable for images that are rather dark and you need to bring out shadow detail. Used with Photoshops ability to open and adjust the 32 bit images there are a world of corrections opened to you that you never had. This application also takes into account BOTH green channels that a sensor has. And while you can adjust that second green channel, its not recommended. Let the application handle it.

Ok.... there is one other capability here that really shines. Probably more important to most people even over its 32 bit capability. It has the nice function of being able to push exposure while protecting Highlight. Its really quite nice to push an exposure up 2 steps and not worry about blowing out the highlights etc in an image.

RPP does not process noise.... meaning there is no remove noise capability. A problem I have yet to run into with any image coming out of it.

Here is a link to the website for info and a download link:

Try all of the processing software you can get your hands on. They all work differently and all have their quirks. But you never know when one of them is going to come in handy and possibly save your.......

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    Thanks Chris, I will try RPP
    Posted 01-24-2010 at 01:55 PM by Quantum3 Quantum3 is offline
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    If you have any questions feel free to ask me. If I can't answer it, Andrey can. And he's a real nice guy and quick to answer.

    Posted 01-24-2010 at 06:47 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    I haven't had enough time to investigate too much about this RAW Editor, but a D700 RAW looks better in this RAW Editor than in NX...
    Posted 01-24-2010 at 08:08 PM by Quantum3 Quantum3 is offline
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    If you have gotten that far with the software you are doing rather well.
    I have found that the majority of the software that comes with the cameras falls a bit short.
    RPP is also designed to be a batch processor. I don't really use it for such, but I would imagine that a photographer who shoots at a scene using the same settings will greatly benefit from this software.
    Posted 01-24-2010 at 09:06 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    I have Windows XP, can you suggest a free converter that will handle Olympus RAW images?

    Thanks, Bob Green
    Posted 01-25-2010 at 08:49 AM by bobgreen1 bobgreen1 is offline
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    Are you using Photoshop? Camera Raw should be more than capable of processing your Olympus files.
    Posted 01-27-2010 at 09:09 AM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    Chris, I have been trying this amazing RAW Editor and I must say it's the best one I have ever tryed. I tried also Capture One, and find it quite impractical. Don't know why it's so mentioned. I opened Capture NX; Capture One; Lightroom; Aperture and the little one and compared some pics and the little one kick asses! It gives lot of depth to the shadows and it balances the density of the image so perfectly that looks like some kind of HDR without tone mapping with lot of detail! Tryed it with landscape and portraits. Definitely a must have!
    Posted 01-27-2010 at 09:54 AM by Quantum3 Quantum3 is offline
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    Thanks for getting back.

    I'm using PS Elements 2. I found the instructions for processing a RAW file, but I don't think I'm using the dimensions, channels, header settings correctly. Any hints? I use an olympus E 500 that makes ORF files which are over 5000 pixels by 2600 pixels. Depending how I adjust I get a window advising that the image is either too large or too small for the file size.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    Bob Green
    Posted 01-27-2010 at 02:29 PM by bobgreen1 bobgreen1 is offline
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    Glad it's working out for you Mart!
    Posted 01-27-2010 at 09:25 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    To tell you the truth, I don't recall all that much about Elements. Surprised it has RAW capability at all.
    I'll have to get back to you about options for getting around that flaw.
    Posted 01-27-2010 at 09:26 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline

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