Oh RAW, how I loathe thee.

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  1. cailinp

    cailinp TPF Noob!

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    So I have a problem. When I get into something I get a little crazy with it. My latest craze is figuring out this RAW thing. I do a lot of edits and have recently been getting asked to take photos for people. I am aware that RAW will give you a more "raw" =) photo to work with and therefore produce a better end result after pp. I will admit that I am quite happy shooting in a fine JPEG. I have been happy with the results and so have others. Maybe I should not worry about RAW if I am happy with my JPEG. Problem is I keep wondering if I will get an incredibly, noticeably better photo with RAW. Here is the problem, I have a D5000 and a Sony Vaio and am using Lightroom but I CANNOT get any of my RAW photos to open in up in anything but ViewNX. I am so confused and frustrated. I did download codec but it hasn't done a thing. Any advice? Penny for your thoughts.....
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Open Lightroom.

    Click on "HELP" at the top of the page.

    Scroll down and click on "CHECK FOR UPDATES".
     
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    fokker No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, I can't answer you specific question but once you get used to working with RAW, lightroom does a great job of managing your RAW files as well as allowing you to do non-destructive edits (you can return to the original photo at any time).
     
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    cailinp TPF Noob!

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    Okay so I did the dng converter and now I can at least open a photo in Lightroom to edit but I can't export it anywhere and view it. I'm so confused. Is Raw even worth all this trouble. This has been days and I have gotten nowhere.
     
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    I totally understand your frustration! If you have bridge you can open the entire file in bridege to view all of the raws 1 at a time or change the view to large pictures (which it still isn't very big). It is a lot easier with Jpeg images to view and you can sort through them faster to delete the crap ones. Im also trying to get used to this Raw thing but all my edits seem to be better with the Jpegs. So far the only benifit has been the larger file size so I can print larger. But Im going to stick with it until I figure it out. Sorry I wasnt much help!
     
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    Right click the image then click export and just export it as a jpeg.
     
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    See how well your Viao's monitor can be calibrated:
    LCD monitor test images

    For editing my pictures (always shot in RAW) I use Faststone Image Viewer:
    Download FastStone Image Viewer

    As the name suggests it is very fast to load hundreds of RAW image previews and the editing controls are straightforward and logical. Croppping, resizing and batch operations also are possible. A well thought-out piece of software that is free to use. I recommend it.
     
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    Photoshop still doesn't load my CR2s (from the 550D/T2i). I'm waiting for the update for it because the newest RAW data file from Adobe still won't open the files
     
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    DerekSalem TPF Noob!

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    I stand corrected! They finally put out the new RAW profile (5.4 or 5.7 I think it is). Just checked last week and it wasn't up but checked after posting (doh!) and there it was. Raw files load perfectly now!
     
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    Yes it absolutely is. Just a question of finding the right tool for the job.
     
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    if you take advantage of raw editing, you will love it! raw editing allows you to edit colors to a far greater extent. spend some time going through the tools; you're bound to come across tools that suit you. :thumbup:
     

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