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Raw files on camera. Please Help

sparklep Plus
9 146 1
14 May 2007 9:41PM
Please help if you can. I cant get anything to download the raw files from my camera. I do have Adobe cs2 but I cant make anything happen.
Please please help Im going out of my mind.

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User_Removed 10 2.1k 7 England
14 May 2007 9:55PM

I had the same problem - you can download RAW plugins from the Adobe site

You will have to search around to find the one you need and also to install it. I seem to remember having to delete the one installed and copy the new plugin into the folder. It's not an .exe

I hope this is right! I am sure someone here will know if it's not.

User_Removed 10 2.1k 7 England
14 May 2007 9:56PM
Great! I added a link for you but it didn't seem to work. Just Google "adobe raw plugin"
14 May 2007 10:02PM
Try this. Your camera should also have come with some software to edit the raw files with.

14 May 2007 10:05PM
Can Photoshop actually be used to upload photos from the camera to the computer? Shouldn't a separate piece of software that comes with the camera be used? Just a thought as I'm not really sure myself!
User_Removed 10 2.1k 7 England
14 May 2007 10:15PM
That's a very good point, I don't think you can upload using PS! Sorry didn't spot that. I had problems with viewing RAW in PS. I also had problems with the Nikon software. When I was using a PC I used Picsa to get the images off the camera. But just plug the camera into a MAC now much easier. Sorry for the confusion.
14 May 2007 10:17PM
To get the images from my memory cards to my PC's hard drive, I use windows explorer to copy the files across to a temp directory. I reformat the card, deleting the images, only after I have checked the integrity of the images. You could alternatively use special software, such as ImageIngester to do this (and much more).

rossd 13 1.1k England
15 May 2007 8:00PM
Just do what I did - bin RAW altogether. I used to be a died in the wool advocate of RAW but 'converted' to JPEGS about 4 months ago after running some comparison tests. The difference between the processed RAW image and a straight-from-the-camera JPEG is non existent

Heresy or what!!
keithh Plus
13 25.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
15 May 2007 8:08PM
that's nothing more than your inability to make a better job than your camera.

annoying or what!!
ahollowa Plus
12 1.1k England
15 May 2007 8:10PM
If you get the shot right everytime then there is not a lot of difference. Get the white balance or exposure out and raw allows so much more control. As the only limiting factor is memory card space (unless you are shooting a fast sequence when the buffer will fill quicker) I always shoot raw + large jpg. Best of both worlds.


andytvcams Plus
14 10.4k United Kingdom
15 May 2007 8:12PM

Quote:The difference between the processed RAW image and a straight-from-the-camera JPEG is non existent

That may be fine for the Internet,
But you would find a difference when it comes to print.
rossd 13 1.1k England
15 May 2007 8:45PM
I think we've down this road before - as I've said in a previous posting I have two full size A3 prints taken from the same image (RAW + full size jpeg) - I challenge anybody to tell which is the jpeg and which is the RAW conversion.

Quote:That's nothing more than your inability to make a better job than your camera.annoying or what!!

Why should it be annoying - for once you you're right!

Modern digital imaging technology is a wonderful thing - you should try it sometime!
conrad Plus
12 10.9k 116
15 May 2007 9:01PM
Quality aside, I love the way RAW allows me to change the colour temperature, etc., etc., even before doing the rest of the post processing. I'm converted already, and I haven't been doing it very long.
Carabosse Plus
13 40.5k 269 England
15 May 2007 9:06PM
I have enlargements on my wall taken from RAW and JPEG, and even I have difficulty remembering which is which!

I use RAW on my DSLR because I'm too lazy to faff about with white balance and to worry too much about exposure. Poor old Ken Rockwell was much reviled in these columns for saying, in effect, that RAW for those who couldn't get it right first time. Yes it was an overstatement, but there is an element of truth there which still niggles some! Wink
keithh Plus
13 25.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
15 May 2007 9:10PM
There is no element of truth...they were, and are, the words of a man who hasn't the first idea of what he was doing other than sort the white balance and, as most people think, tweak the exposure - such controls are at the very basic level and don't even scratch the surface of what can be extracted in terms of detail alone.

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