Really Confused By Raw

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  1. Rogan

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    Got my 20D yesterday

    so decided to put it in raw and shoot like that as reccomended many times on here


    so i got home, plugged it in and i cant see any of the photos in the folders in windows explorer, nor can i import them into Lightroom

    i downloaded the CR2 converter off canons website, i still cant see or convert the files

    ( i can see them on the camera)


    thanks

    rogan
     
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    i use picasa from Google it can handle my RAW. files really good. and then if you really want you can save in jpeg. :cokespit:
     
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    thats not the problem

    i cant see the files at all in windows

    theyre like non existant
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Try using the open with command and select windows picture/photo viewer. It might not show them, but it also might try searching for the drivers to do so - so make sure its allowed online and connected. Mine did not show my RAWs at first (canon 400D) then it picked up the driver - if it continues to not perform then best thing is to shoot in RAW+JPEG and get some larger memory cards
     
  5. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Assuming that you really do mean there's no file there, are you sure that you've explored all of the directorys on the memory card? Can you view the files on the camera? You say you plugged 'it' in; does that mean you plugged the card directly into a reader, or connected the camera via USB cord? If the latter, it may be a menu setting; with Nikons there are two settings, one so that the computer will simply see it as a mass storage device and automatically mount the memory card as a removable drive, and a second so that you can control the camera via computer-based software. Is there a possibility that this setting isn't made correctly?

    Try viewing the card directly via card reader, check the properties an verify that memory has been used. If that's the case (guessing 15-20Mb/image in RAW) then they're there, it's just a matter of finding them.
     
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    im plugging the camera into the comptuer
    i dont have a card reader

    when i lug it in the camera appears in My Computer as Canon 20D
    then theres 3 folders in that of which i cant see the names of its jsut blank
    and then in the 3 folders i can only see the JPG iamges, no raw images, by cant see i mean theres NOTHING there, not jsut a blank icon.
    i can see the pictures on my camera fine

    and even when i use the camera in FTP mode not jsut normal mode (communication) it still only shows the JPG images
     
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    Are you sure you have your camera set to raw? If the camera is set only to raw, there should be no jpeg files of those photos. Unless you had it set to jpeg + raw. You should still be able to see that there are raw files (cr2 extension).

    EDIT: I bet I know what's up. Are you using the icon exposure modes like portrait, landscape, sports, etc...? I think you can only shoot raw in M, Av, Tv, and P exposure modes.
     
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    no i changed it from raw to JPG until i can figure how to get the raw files off,

    and im shooting in Av and manual
     
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    with my 30d my photoshop program did not have the capabilities to see the raw as it was older than my camera, after installing the relevent bits I was able to view in photoshop elements, did you make sure you go all the correc t things installed?
     
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    You can see them on your camera, so the pictures exist; odd that you're not seeing "Unknown" icons, however, I think Rachel's got it. Start by installing this update for your computer (I assume you're using Windows XP, therefore go here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...8e-b10d-4ce4-a141-5866fd4a3286&displaylang=en ) As well, you'll likely have to update whichever image-editing apps you're using too.

    Oh, and I'd recommend spending $10 - 20 on a card reader and using that vice plugging in your camera. The more direct the connection the fewer the errors are likely to crop up.
     
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    my cameras the 20D and i have photosho[p CS3 and lightroom 2 so they shud both be up to date

    just downloaded that tirediron

    i still cant see them <.<

    gah!
     
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    oh and when you do get it working RAW is awsome :)
     

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