Slightly OT raw converter discussion

Started Jan 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
paulkienitz Veteran Member • Posts: 5,256
Re: Slightly OT raw converter discussion

jonska wrote:

So here is my question: Are those of you who use any of these three raw converters discussed in the "showdown" (or any other converter) happy with the default results, or the results using your import defaults, if you use any?

I use DxO 8... though unfortunately it doesn't support the Q, so for that I'm stuck with the stock Silkypix thing for now.  I can usually get results I'm fairly happy with from DxO defaults (my own defaults, not the ones it came with), if I take a moment to adjust a few sliders -- the two most common being the amount of fill light and the color temperature.  Sometimes I also have to use exposure compensation and bump the saturation.

Most of the time I get more involved than that, because I almost always crop first, and maybe have to level the horizon, and sometimes with the K10D it takes significant fiddling with the hue adjustments.  And then I usually switch to PaintShop Pro X4 for a secondary tweaking of gamma and saturation, as well as doing my downsizing and final sharpening there.  But those steps I mentioned above are the basics, and with just them I can do several pictures per minute if I'm just going for acceptable instead of perfect.

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K10D, Sig 17-70, DA 55-300, FA 50/1.4 "Billy Bass"
discards: DA 50-200 "zipper", F 100-300, Sigma 135-400 "piglet", M 400/5.6 "the Great Truncheon"

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