That RAW Troublemaker Again With Files

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Robgo2
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Re: That RAW Troublemaker Again With Files
In reply to Gary Eickmeier, 10 months ago

Gary Eickmeier wrote:

mick232 wrote:

Gary Eickmeier wrote:

Mick, that is the best one of all! Which RAW processor did you use? What was the basic idea, or workflow that you used to do it?

To all: Again, did NOT mean for another RAW vs JPG thread, just an off comment about something that surprised me when I was downloading and working a project. I have already been convinced about the value of RAW, as I said before.

Things I have learned: I did not know that the IDC can do the lens corrections just like the camera does. Fabulous. I learned a little more about all of the seemingly competing exposure adjustments like why is there a Whites slider as well as a Highligts slider? Blacks and Shadows? I suppose you should pick a RAW program and stick with it until you learn it.

I used Photo Ninja (trial available at http://www.picturecode.com/index.php). There was no particular idea, just what I normally do. I started with the "portrait medium" preset (even though it's not a proper portrait), then adjusted WB, exposure, detail, sharpening, NR, CA correction, highlight recovery and black levels to my liking. With multiple shots in the same scene I would then go ahead and Copy&Paste these settings to all further pictures, which reduces the effort for those to almost zero.

I tried to keep the time adjusting settings below 5 minutes - spending more time will probably give a better result, but personally I don't think it's worth the additional effort except when you have a great shot with bad exposure that you want to save.

Something new? I know about Noise Ninja. Does it do all of the processing thru to a print, or just the RAW conversion and corrections? I also just noticed the "Auto" button above the color and exposure sliders in Elements 11 RAW. Never tried it before, because real men don't use Auto. But pressed it and was amazed at what the thing could do! That just leaves Noise and Sharpening for me to conquer.

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Gary Eickmeier

Noise Ninja 4 is part of Photo Ninja 1.1, which is an extraordinary raw convertor and definitely worth trying if you are obsessed with IQ.

Here is my version from PN using NN4. I was surprised by how much noise was present in this image shot at ISO 400. When viewing at 100% or original, please excuse the jpeg artifacts.

Rob

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