Slightly OT raw converter discussion

Started Jan 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Slightly OT raw converter discussion

tr4driver wrote:

IrfanView is a nifty little program, and I use it as my main "double click" viewer in Windows. However, it is my understanding that when you open a RAW image with IrfanView, all it is really doing is opening the embedded JPG image included in the RAW file, and that IrfanView does not do an actual RAW conversion.

This sounds a lot like how Picasa works, it's not a true raw convertor. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button in Picasa does exactly what the OP describes; it usually improves an image, but sometimes ruins it. As far as I can tell, I'm Feeling Lucky adjusts WB, contrast, saturation and sharpening, with one touch, but will sometimes blow highlights, cause sharpening artifacts and distorted colours.

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