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RAW to JPEG or decent RAW software...

brbubba 17,195 2,785 September 25, 2015 at 01:46 PM
So I was mucking around with the settings on my camera shooting mode and ended up taking 25% of my european trip pictures in RAW, 75% in JPG. On Windows 10 I didn't realize what a pain it would be to deal with these photos. So I either need a good recommendation on how to convert them over to JPEGs properly or a good software package to deal with them. Lightroom, even on sale, really wouldn't be worth it for how little I use this thing. I'd say my budgetary limit would be around $20-$30 if I were to get something.

I do have the free Fuji software viewer, but it's kind of crappy.

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I can see if I still have the setup installed on my desktop at home, I did some experimenting with RAW a while back (also on a Fuji). From what I understand each manufacturer has their own format for RAW.
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Supposedly this gets good marks and can convert Raw images, but I have never tried it (never use RAW).

http://www.irfanview.com/
http://download.cnet.com/IrfanView/

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So I was mucking around with the settings on my camera shooting mode and ended up taking 25% of my european trip pictures in RAW, 75% in JPG. On Windows 10 I didn't realize what a pain it would be to deal with these photos. So I either need a good recommendation on how to convert them over to JPEGs properly or a good software package to deal with them. Lightroom, even on sale, really wouldn't be worth it for how little I use this thing. I'd say my budgetary limit would be around $20-$30 if I were to get something.

I do have the free Fuji software viewer, but it's kind of crappy.

Thanks
If all you want to do is a "Save As," then the manufacturer-supplied software is the best to use.

Converting RAW to JPEG isn't simply a file format conversion. It's more complicated than that. There are a lot of camera settings which the camera applies to the captured image before converting the image into a JPEG. The manufacturer-supplied converter software will know what these settings are, and it will apply them when you convert to JPEG.

RAW files are very powerful, and it's worth learning how to work with them. A RAW file is a lot like a photographic negative, which you can develop into an image. For example, the white balance which the camera applies is applied to the RAW image before it's converted to JPEG. If you have the RAW image, you can change the white balance to anything you want, without one bit of image degradation. The RAW images also have no sharpening applied (although the viewer will apply sharpening when you view the image). So you can adjust the amount of sharpness in a lossless manner as well. And the RAW images contain a huge amount of detail in the shadow areas of the image, which you can pull up by adjusting the "Shadows" in the RAW editor software. So there are really a ton of ways you can adjust how your photos will look, without sacrificing any quality at all.
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I was coming in to recommend IrfanView, but I see Yanks already beat me to it.
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Converting RAW to JPEG isn't simply a file format conversion. It's more complicated than that. There are a lot of camera settings which the camera applies to the captured image before converting the image into a JPEG. The manufacturer-supplied converter software will know what these settings are, and it will apply them when you convert to JPEG.
That's pretty much why I was asking...Smilie

If I were to get into RAW is LIghtroom pretty the defacto go to software?
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http://www.adobe.com/creativeclou...raphy.html

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That's pretty much why I was asking...Smilie

If I were to get into RAW is LIghtroom pretty the defacto go to software?
It is kind of the standard. Your camera should come with some software to read and do some basic editing. Google's Picasa can read RAW too depending on the camera. Infranview can with some additional files but thats really preview only. Really once you go raw you won't go back, you can change so many thing so much easier and with higher quality. It's the digital negative per say. For instance whitebalance, with raw it really doesn't matter what you shoot in since you can adjust infarrantly in post edit, with jpg if you adjust you loose quality, don't have as wide of dynamic range to adjust the white balance with too.

You really need to process raw photos though because the defaults will be super flat and not look good to a jpg since the camera does processing when it saves a jpg. So you would never want to share a raw photo that you just quickly convert to jpg without making adjustments or a preset to say facebook. It's extra work but it's worth it.

What type of camera and where did you go?
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That's pretty much why I was asking...

If I were to get into RAW is LIghtroom pretty the defacto go to software?
I don't use Lightroom, but a lot of people do. I use Canon's free DPPro, which works with Canon RAW files. I like the results and I think it's easy to work with. Your camera manufacturer most likely has free RAW editing software.

In RAW editing, you only make whole-image edits, like brightness, white balance, chroma, shadow, highlight, lens correction etc. You can't make area-specific edits to a RAW file. And all edits are just stored in the file header and used as display settings for the file. The underlying RAW data never changes, so you can always revert the file to its original state. After you make the RAW edits, you save as a TIF or JPEG, then you edit in Photoshop if needed.
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It is kind of the standard. Your camera should come with some software to read and do some basic editing. Google's Picasa can read RAW too depending on the camera. Infranview can with some additional files but thats really preview only. Really once you go raw you won't go back, you can change so many thing so much easier and with higher quality. It's the digital negative per say. For instance whitebalance, with raw it really doesn't matter what you shoot in since you can adjust infarrantly in post edit, with jpg if you adjust you loose quality, don't have as wide of dynamic range to adjust the white balance with too.

You really need to process raw photos though because the defaults will be super flat and not look good to a jpg since the camera does processing when it saves a jpg. So you would never want to share a raw photo that you just quickly convert to jpg without making adjustments or a preset to say facebook. It's extra work but it's worth it.

What type of camera and where did you go?
I'll try picassa as a quick fix and hopefully it can also export.

Nothing special just an X-M1. We've been using it for a while but I was mucking around with it for our France trip. Basically went from Paris, to Leon, to Couliere to Barcelona. Since both of us use it to take pictures and use different presets, obviously half the pics are RAW and half are JPEG.

Thanks for the help guys!
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If I'm not mistaken your XM1 has a in-camera raw converter. May be a good choice to keep it more consistent with your jpegs.
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