Raw vs Picture Control

Started Jun 22, 2010 | Discussions thread
PepsiCan Contributing Member • Posts: 739
Re: Raw vs Picture Control

Mark70UK wrote:

Amin88 wrote:

Does Picture Control adjustment have any effect when shooting in raw mode?

Short answer - no.

Longer answer - the Picture Control settings are stored as metadata within the NEF file. If you open the NEF in Capture NX 2, then the values are applied, but of course you can change them. In ViewNX, I think you have to press the RAW button to see the full effects of any picture control settings.

I believe that pressing the RAW button opens the RAW image, whereas otherwise you are looking at the embedded JPEG

If you open the NEF in non-Nikon software, eg Lightroom, some of the settings may be applied, eg sharpening (at least, Thom Hogan suggests this may be the case). So you might want to set shaprpening to 0.

Picture controls do not affect RAW, even when you open in CaptureNX. The settings might be displayed but you can undo them. The issue is that the Picture controls affect the processing to JPEG, even the embedded JPEG, and that all your camera information uses the JPEG, not the RAW file to display information.

So, your histograms and your highlight detector work off the (embedded) JPEG, not the RAW file. This can mislead you as you may think there is overexposure, while this is not the case.

Therefore, to answer your question: directly they do not affect your RAW file, but indirectly, they can by telling you to adjust exposure when that is in fact not needed.

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