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    Posted: 13 Mar 2017 at 4:10pm
Hi Everyone,

I am a newbie here, but have been taking photos in "auto" mode for years. This past weekend I went to a 3 day horse show and took almost a 1000 pics in RAW format, I used my manual mode all weekend. When I got home and downloaded them they looked great for a second (full of color)but now they look desaturated. I am only using Picasa right now, but read some stuff on Google about this and I don't understand it and how to edit my photos. Should I pick the ones I like and save them as JPEG's? Please help!!!
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Are you familiar with Photoshop? If so then you can edit your photos there without losing the quality I guess!
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Photographic Industry standards for Software for Post Processing of Raw Files are as follows (arranged by complexity, simply to hard).

Adobe Lightroom
Capture One Pro
Phocus by Hasselblad
Adobe Photoshop

As for RAW files, they are just data, you camera will display a jpeg version of your raw file (commonly referred to as embedded jpeg), however, these raw files have much more flexibility for processing than jpegs and more information that is recoverable than a jpeg.

Your camera always shoots raw, if the camera is set to shoot jpeg, then the raw data is converted by the jpeg engine in the camera and then the raw data is deleted and only the jpeg is saved. The jpeg engine in the camera has a series of instructions by the manufacturers engineers of how an image is processed, depending on what scene style you select, such as sunset, portrait, landscape, etc. The incamera processing is then applied to the raw data and then the jpeg is saved.

This does not mean that the camera manufacturer knows better than the person taking the photograph, in fact, the jpeg engine is just a set of standards for incamera jpeg engine and is often changing within camera models and manufacturers.

An everyday example might be, you have gone to the shop to purchase a cake and you have bought a cake mix box, on the front of the box is a photo of the baked cake. When you get home and open the box, to your bewilderment, inside the box is only the ingredients, not the baked cake as per the image on the box front. The ingredients now require the person to actually make something from them as you cant just present the ingredients to your guests as the cake. You need to make something from it.

The same as for photography. The Raw files are the data of the image, everything is in the file, you just need to make the image come alive.

Hope this is helpful.

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Hi Craig,

Thank you for the information, quite a good analogy.

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Originally posted by horizon

Photographic Industry standards for Software for Post Processing of Raw Files are as follows (arranged by complexity, simply to hard).

Adobe Lightroom
Capture One Pro
Phocus by Hasselblad
Adobe Photoshop

As for RAW files, they are just data, you camera will display a jpeg version of your raw file (commonly referred to as embedded jpeg), however, these raw files have much more flexibility for processing than jpegs and more information that is recoverable than a jpeg.

Your camera always shoots raw, if the camera is set to shoot jpeg, then the raw data is converted by the jpeg engine in the camera and then the raw data is deleted and only the jpeg is saved. The jpeg engine in the camera has a series of instructions by the manufacturers engineers of how an image is processed, depending on what scene style you select, such as sunset, portrait, landscape, etc. The incamera processing is then applied to the raw data and then the jpeg is saved.

This does not mean that the camera manufacturer knows better than the person taking the photograph, in fact, the jpeg engine is just a set of standards for incamera jpeg engine and is often changing within camera models and manufacturers.

An everyday example might be, you have gone to the shop to purchase a cake and you have bought a cake mix box, on the front of the box is a photo of the baked cake. When you get home and open the box, to your bewilderment, inside the box is only the ingredients, not the baked cake as per the image on the box front. The ingredients now require the person to actually make something from them as you cant just present the ingredients to your guests as the cake. You need to make something from it.

The same as for photography. The Raw files are the data of the image, everything is in the file, you just need to make the image come alive.

Hope this is helpful.

Regards,
Craig

This detailed information about post processing task is really helpful for all. Thank you Craig.
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