CP4500 has a RAW mode!

Started Jan 21, 2003 | Discussions thread
DocW Regular Member • Posts: 181
Re: Ok I played, here are my findings....

Alex, I think the RAW feature is great, my real turnoff was the speed of Nikon Capture 3.5 software.

AlexMld wrote:
You will not see much difference between jpg and raw if you apply
same curves as the camera. But once you need to edit the picture -
RAW benefits will become apparent. If you need an example try to
correct contrast in 8-bit picture and then go to levels to see the
dropouts. Or try to increase sharpness in jpg file - all the
artifacts get emphasized. Have you never got shots with wrong WB?
When shooting in RAW you can forget about WB, contrast, saturation,
sharpness etc - just set it to whatever you want, they don't have
any influence on the RAW. Concentrate on composition and
exposition, too many factors to watch over only distract you. If
you are skilled enough you can go further and take much more
benefits from RAW applying your own curves etc. But good skills
only come with experience you won't get better shots just because
they are in RAW like you want necesserally get better shots just
because you are using manual exposition instead of automatic.
http://www.outbackphoto.com/handbook/rawfileprocessing.html

Alex

DocW wrote:

The Raw program works as advertised. I downloaded Nikon Capture
3.0 and updated it to 3.5. Here is what I found....

Nikon Capture is sloooow. Even on my blazing fast machine, each
change (exposure, white balance, sharpen, tone) can take 10-20
seconds each to process so you can see an update.

I loaded both the JPG Fine version and the RAW (NEF) version into
photoshop side-by-side (8 bit vs. 16 bit ). The difference
between JPG Fine and RAW is really hard to see, I mean even @ 300%
I couldn't tell one from the other, there was just a hint of more
noise in the RAW file (strange). Tonality wise you have more to
play with as far as levels and curves go before posterization
creeps in with the 16 bit RAW, however the tonal differences
between both images were not quite visible to my eyes.

All things considered the RAW format doesn't seem to be a tool I
will use often if any. I think alot of people wanted RAW
(including myself), but will find as I have that the speed of
saving RAW, the speed of processing and limited differences between
JPG and RAW will really only please the purists more than any.

Doc

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