Conundrum selecting new D800 RAW Converter

Started Oct 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
Fred Briggs
Fred Briggs Senior Member • Posts: 1,023
Re: Conundrum selecting new D800 RAW Converter

+1 for LightRoom 4.2  If you can't get excellent results with that you are just not taking post processing seriously enough!

Plus the whole philosophy of non-destructive editing is such a boon.  No need to convert a RAW to something else to work on it, so at the end of the day you can play around with editing any file, but only need to make copies (export in LightRoom terms) those files which you want to use further for printing, web, etc.

All the edits are simply stored as instructions in a database to be replayed against the RAW next time you view it. This means you lose nothing permanently when you crop or make other adjustments.  If you go back into the crop tool the whole file is still there outside your crop window which you can modify (larger or smaller) any time you want.   You can leave LightRoom mid-edit with no need to save or convert and when you re-open the program you will be at exactly the same point as you left it.

Plus, you can store a second set of edit instructions (virtual copy in LightRoom terms) with a completely different editing treatment or different crop - for example you could have both a portrait and landscape version of the same file all without having to alter or convert the original RAW.  I've used this to great effect with the massive cropability of the D800 to create close-ups and wider shots from the same file.


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