Tuesday, May 29, 2007
By using the inherent capabilities in your image-processing software, you can work efficiently and exercise greater control over all of your images.
Shooting RAW With Confidence
1 Camera to RAW file to in-computer software. Understanding this nexus will enable you to maximize the usefulness of the camera maker's system. That system ensures you'll achieve optimal performance. You'll also want to take advantage of alternative software and its added performance. Much of today's software has evolved through years of experience and learning, so almost without exception, you can expect a variety of capabilities as well as high performance. Abandoning the camera maker's software completely will usually mean that you're giving up the designers' links between hardware and software; this could be a significant loss to your total system's performance.
How this can affect your photography. The characteristics of how your camera system works with a selection of features and settings can help you. Depend on the camera maker's software to intelligently and knowledgeably use your camera settings to process images according to the system's design.
Alternative software won't be based on the original total system design, but will offer different approaches and controls for rendering image file settings. Automatic operations that are based on the algorithms created by the software designer may operate from a differing point of view and may result in a different rendering. For example, Color Mode characteristics are often different among the camera brands and software maker's ideas about how colors should appear in the final image file. Lens rendering and other internal operations are taken into account. A comparison of renderings will reveal the performance differences among software; it's only personal comparison and choice that will ensure you'll be fully satisfied. Experimenting with trial software, offered by most software and camera makers, used with your own files and under your personal picture-taking conditions, will support your decisions about which software to use. In the final analysis, the combined results from both camera maker and independent software may meet your criteria, and you may discover a fine level of synergy within your personally selected combination.