Raw Files

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Who needs artsy filters when you have Raw converters?

_djc0761ps-nxdI’m in the process of comparing the latest versions of various Raw file converters, and as part of that I’ve been rendering the same image in multiple pieces of software and comparing the results. Stay tuned for the scientific version where I use actual color targets and math, but in the meantime, I’ve been trying to get a feel for the differences by eye. However, I found something I didn’t expect…


Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop) and Lightroom Update for D3S, Canon 7D, S90, G11 and Others

Adobe Labs has released a beta of Camera Raw 5.6 and the equivalent module for Lightroom, adding support for a variety of cameras including the Nikon D3S, the Canon 7D, S90 and G11, as well as several new Sony models. You can download it from: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Camera_Raw_5.6#Release_Notes

Adobe Releases Public Beta of Lightroom 3

You can now download Adobe Lightroom Beta 3, which is free to all users during the beta period. The Lightroom team has re-written much of the product to make it faster and to improve Raw file rendering--particularly sharpening and noise reduction. They've also added support for direct export to Flickr and the ability to export slideshows among many other user requested features. You can download it from Adobe Labs.

The Ultimate Raw File Tweaker: Colorchecker Passport

As raw files become the common currency of high-end photographry a widening array of tools is arriving to help photographers get the most from them. I've been using SpyderCube from Datacolor/Colorvision for awhile to help set white and black points along with white balance for color critical situations. But recently I've added a new tool to my tweakers arsenal--Colorchecker Passport from X-Rite. Read on to learn about it...