Workspace (workflow/raw converter for Olympus) equivalent for Panasonic??

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Re: Workspace (workflow/raw converter for Olympus) equivalent for Panasonic??

LearningForeverIHope wrote:

dunkreid wrote:

LearningForeverIHope wrote:

Guy Parsons wrote:

LearningForeverIHope wrote:

Digital Dick wrote:

I'm no expert but I think a 16 bit Tiff contains all the data that is in the 16 bit raw file. Workspace doesn't appear to pull as much out of the shadows as LR. I should try opening a raw in Workspace and without processing it just save it out as a Tiff and then open the Tiff in LR to look for any differences with just opening the raw directly in LR.


I do not see how it will be possible to save a Raw in that workspace since it applies all the settings, with the exception of filters, that you made in camera.

But there is a heck of a lot more data in a 16 bit tiff compared to a jpeg,

True, true enough. Actually a raw file in MFT is only 12 bits deep. I wonder how and if that data is spread over the 16 bits of the TIFF or something else.

so that will allow more to be extracted with further post process edits before committing to a final jpeg.

All I meant is that the settings we choose in camera are applied by Workspace. That way the TIFF that we get is different from the raw file that we sent. Still plenty of data but not the same data.

What's the view on TIFF v DNG? If I'm required to convert my raw files into another format in order to have them readable by my old version of Lightroom I'm inclined to convert them to DNG because the DNG format will retain more info for headroom in both highlights and shadows than a TIFF.

Olympus Workspace won't export to DNG, therefore I'll skip it and use Adobe Raw converter instead.

Can you foresee any drawbacks to this approach?

No, I see no big problem beside more time passed in PP than absolutely necessary.

I do my level best to get it right in camera. That means exposing for the highlights and the shadows. I may have to use the shadow/highlights settings to modify the JPEG curve. If encompassing every level of light in a single shoot, then it is time for choices. Do I let some highlights blow up ? Specular reflections are a good candidate for that. Do I let the shadows fall into the dark ? Silhouettes are a good candidate, as much as large areas in night shots. Do I need HDR ? I use Enfuse (the plugin) for that, not tone mapping. We have tons of options.

When we get the exposure right, and we convert into TIFF we get just as much latitude as we do when we develop from raw. Now, in these days when natural colours are under the video influence with all its improbable grading and cinematic look, getting it right OOC may not mean as much as it did not so long ago.

Yes, agreed on all points. But the original question was concerned with a comparison between the TIFF and DNG formats and I think if one needs to convert from Raw to one of those formats then DNG is preferable.

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