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Old 17-04-2006, 06:56 PM
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RAWs and workflow

Hi all.

I've been using largest jpeg quality format on the 350D up till now, but have started using RAW's today - since I'll get 16bit images to work with and can preserve that quality right up until saving for web display.

So my question is, what program do you guys use for RAW transfer and workflow stuff?

That is, cataloging, classifying, manipulation etc, before opening them in photoshop (or similar) for post-processing?

I'm using the Canon ZoomBrowser EX at the moment, but have read some good things about "RAW Shooter Essentials". Haven't tried it yet though.

What else do you guys use or recommend?

I've been really slack in classifying and cataloging my shots - basically they go into a directory with the date they were shot, and a brief title of what it was that day (for example, "bike park"). I want to get more organised in this area.

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Old 17-04-2006, 07:06 PM
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Scary stuff Mike

Took my first images in raw format today and was wondering that exact same thing.

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Old 17-04-2006, 07:09 PM
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I know what you mean about cataloging Mike.

I use Canon File Viewer Utility to view my Raws and if I want, to convert to JPEG for viewing on other programs. I find converting them to Jpeg and then viewing in windows picture and fax viewer very convenient for weeding out those images that aren't worth processing. I find it quicker than viewing the Raws. Also if I want to have a quick look at an image I can do it directly from Windows Explorer rather than view the Raw in Canon FVU.

As for other conversions, ImagesPlus for conversion to TIFF or FITS or you can open your raws directly into PS CS and convert to TIFF there.
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Old 17-04-2006, 07:13 PM
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Is there a plugin for Photoshop CS to open CR2 RAW files? Mine won't recognise the format.
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Old 17-04-2006, 07:14 PM
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Also, what resolution should they be saved at when converting to TIF's? I chose 300 DPI and it's created a 47meg TIF file! Argh my disk space is going to hurt!
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Old 17-04-2006, 07:17 PM
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That sounds about right Mike converting a Raw from the 300D comes in at 36meg

I think there is now. Where's that Striker when you need him. Never around I know he was playing around with converting CR2 in PS CS though he may have been using CS2
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Have a look at some of the links on this page Mike
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Mike,

You can download a plug-in from the Adobe web site. Click here for the CR2 RAW plug-in page on Adobe's site.

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Installed the plugin, cheers. Also downloaded RAW Shooter Essentials and will see how that goes.
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Old 18-04-2006, 10:01 AM
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Ok been doing some searching this morning.

RAW Shooter Essentials (or Premium) looks like a great tool for editing RAWs, doing batch processing of them etc.

However it doesn't do image management - that is, categorisation etc.

The best tool i've found so far to do this is "iMatch" - has a BUNCH of great features and has the "virtual" categorisation that I wanted.

I'll give them both a try.. looks like the workflow would be something like;

Option 1:
1. Download RAW files from camera
2. Use iMatch to categorise them
3. Use RawShooterEssential to prioritise and manipulate the RAW images (in batch/or singular)
4. Final touches/text/save as web in Photoshop (if necessary)

Option 2:
1. Download RAW files from camera
2. Use RawShooterEssential to view and prioritise
3. Delete low priority photos (the throwaways)
4. Use RSE to manipulate the RAWs
5. Use iMatch to categorise the ones you keep, add watermarks, etc
6. Final touches/text/save as web in Photoshop (if necessary)

I think i'll go Option 2 to start with and see how that goes.

iMatch is great in that you can have your images stored ANYWHERE (removable harddrives, CDROMs, DVDs, etc), and it's database will know where they are. You can still view reasonable quality versions of them even if the original is offline. And teh categorisation functionality is very powerful, images can be in mulitple categories, you can search in categories, etc.
It can also work on a laptop and desktop and sync between.

Anyway we'll see how it goes.
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