RAW is killing me!

Started Aug 17, 2005 | Discussions thread
Jovo Veteran Member • Posts: 4,200
Re: RAW is killing me!

I am surprised that RSE gives you poor colours. I only shoot RAW and used it originally on the G6, then the Pro1 and now on the 350D and really can't fault it. The workflow is quick and simple. In addition it gives much better shadow detail and noise control than any of the others and I have tried and retried them all. I always come back to RSE.

Perhaps you need to give the program more time, it does take a while to become comfortable with it and the worst thing you can do is to jump from one to another which can make it very confusing.

Having preset the parameters for the ISO levels I find it rarely necessary to touch the WB or Tint sliders and make marginal changes to Exposure, Shadow and Highlight contrast.

Anyway that is my take - for me it makes photography so much more enjoyable.

g00ner wrote:

After all these recent discussions on RAW I decided to 'have a
dabble' myself... and I've got to say it has temporarily ruined my
enthusiasm for photography.

I've tried Adobe's RAW convertor (with CS2), Raw Shooter
Essentials, and the RAW convertor with ZoombrowserEX. They each
have their strengths, but also weaknesses. Is there a perfect RAW
convertor/browser out there?

ADOBE RAW
+ The plethora of options to adjust colour are vast in number and
seem to provide the best for processing photos.

  • You have to use Bridge to browse files for editing (you could use

the XP RAW viewer plugin, but that is a bunch of cack all things
considered), then launch them into the Adobe RAW program itself
which has, in turn, to launch CS2 first.

  • This is a really slow and cumbersome bunch of programs that even

my PC (which I consider to be a 'beast') has slow down problems
with.

  • Bridge is a poor browser compared to RSE and ZoomBrowser.

RAW SHOOTER (RSE)
+ RSE is a great little program that performs quickly.

+ I like the way browsing photos and adjusting them is all self
contained in one little package, unlike Adobe RAW+Bridge+CS2.

  • However the colours it uses look way off. I can not get a RAW

photo to look the same with RSE that I can with Adobe RAW (both are
using sRGB btw).

  • It has far less colour altering options than Adobe RAW.

ZOOMBROWSER with RAW PLUGIN
+ I like the way Zoom Browser works for browsing through photos.

  • The RAW plug in is lacking in a vast amount of colour altering

options compared to Adobe RAW. It has less than RSE too.

  • Zoombrowser doesn't show adjustments made to RAW files in it's

browser. What's the point in that?! You can't see what changes
you've made.

  • Zoombrowser installs a lot of rubbish along with the main program

which is really annoying.

My enthusiasm has become stunted because of the amount of time I
have to spend with any of these annoying programs because they are
all in a way nobbled by one thing or another.

Can anyone suggest a better RAW convertor which is 'perfect', or
put me right about my observations about the above programs?

Should I erase my memory and stick with jpg?

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