How do I processing RAW images in the same way my camera processes JPEGs?

Started Aug 7, 2022 | Questions thread
Kameratrollet Senior Member • Posts: 1,274
Re: How do I processing RAW images in the same way my camera processes JPEGs?

stephband wrote:

I have a Panasonic Lumix S5. It captures a RAW file and saves both that and a JPEG version of the same image. I have filters switched off. When I import the two files into an image editor they look completely different. Sometimes, I want to recreate the way my camera has processed the JPEG while editing the RAW image but I'm struggling to understand what it is doing and why.

An example. Here's an image I shot last night. It's not terribly good, but it illustrates the problem...

the JPEG produced by the camera

A screenshot of the RAW image

We can see that that lava river in the JPEG produced by the camera is yellow, as it was on the night, whereas the RAW image has regions that are bleached white. Presumably it still carries the data to unbleach those white patches.
At first I thought this was simply a question of white balance, which I assume is not applied to the RAW image. But adjusting the white balance in an image editor does not solve the problem.

So what is the camera doing and how can I recreate what it is doing?

Are the lava river highlights in the raw file clipped or not clipped?

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