Old 06-08-2005, 12:15 AM   #1
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Senior Member
 
Andrew Blaszczyk (2)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlboro, NJ
Posts: 1,956
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Blaszczyk (2) Send a message via Yahoo to Andrew Blaszczyk (2)
Cool Shooting in RAW

I have a Fuji Finepix S7000, which I usually use in 3MP or 6 MP...and I am just recently playing around with shooting in RAW in hopes to get into a magazine (now that they are starting to accept digital images). Because Photo Shop Elements cannot open a RAW (RAF) file, I have been forced to use a different program. I turned to the program they sent with the camera, Fuji FinePixViewer. It is good in the sense that I can actually open and view the images in RAW at their full size of 4048X3040, but when I try to resave in JPEG or TIFF format it resaves as 1280X960 not giving much room to edit.

Does anyone know of a better program to use to open RAW files that is free to download?

Thanks for your help,
Andrew Blaszczyk
Andrew Blaszczyk (2) is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2005, 05:26 AM   #2
espee-fan
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Orange, CA
Posts: 6
Default Shooting in RAW

RawShooter essentials @ www.pixmantec.com

Nice program, lots of sliders to make adjustments to your photo. Make sure you read the instructions, it helps explain the sliders and the importance of using them in the proper order.

A cool feature I like a lot is the snapshots. Make some adjustments and take a snapshot. Then make some more adjustments and you can compare the photo to a previous snapshot. The program also saves your 'setting' for individual photos in a seperate file, the originals are never modified.

You can save your recipe's (slider adjusments) to apply them to many photos (batch process). You can save photos as jpeg's or tiff's. The tiff's can be 8 or 16 bit just in case you want to bring them into Photoshop or some other program for further editing before converting to jpeg.

Dennis
espee-fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2005, 03:51 PM   #3
railfanzone
Senior Member
 
railfanzone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lebanon, CT USA
Posts: 174
Default

I also use RSE, in addition to Photoshop Elements 3 and Canon Digital Photo Professional (I shoot a Canon 20D). Elements should open your RAWs - you might need to download the latest Adobe Camera RAW plugin - the CS2 version works fine with Elements 3. Of course, if you're using Elements 2, then you're SOL.

Anyways, RSE is great at reducing noise in the photos, but I've found that it leaves the colors somewhat flat for my taste, especially in brighter scenes - I get better results from Canon's Digital Photo Pro for those photos. But ones where I need to do some compensation and noise reduction, you can't beat it...especially for the price - $0!
__________________
Tom Nanos
www.NanosPhoto.com - New England Rail Photography
My Rail Photo Blog


Flickr stuff - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanosphoto/
My Railpictures.net Photos
My published photo portfolio
My one photo on JetPhotos.net
railfanzone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2005, 01:57 AM   #4
RJSorensen
Senior Member
 
RJSorensen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 177
Default

The work flow of Raw was hard at first . . . but then I guess you get used to it. I have had some flat color as well. I am not sure that I will stay or go back to .jpg's. Are you guys Hooked on the new Raw format?
__________________
"No Soup For You . . . "

Please click here should you wish to view a portion of my railroad photography . . .
RJSorensen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2005, 02:45 AM   #5
railfanzone
Senior Member
 
railfanzone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lebanon, CT USA
Posts: 174
Default

I only shoot RAW now. Why throw away half of the data in an image by only shooting JPEG? Plus the workflow isn't that complex once you're used to it. I usually spend less than a few seconds on each RAW before converting to TIFF or PSD. Last step is going to JPEG if I'm going to post it on the web, otherwise if it's going to a magazine, it stays TIFF.

Think of it this way - RAW is the undeveloped film, and JPEG is the final processed and corrected print. The beautiful thing about shooting RAW is you can "develop" the film any number of times, changing the parameters each time. Can't do that with a slide or negative - the moment the developer hits the film, it's set in stone.

I never throw away my negatives, and I never delete my RAWs (unless they're totally out of focus).

-Tom
__________________
Tom Nanos
www.NanosPhoto.com - New England Rail Photography
My Rail Photo Blog


Flickr stuff - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanosphoto/
My Railpictures.net Photos
My published photo portfolio
My one photo on JetPhotos.net
railfanzone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2005, 02:52 AM   #6
busyEMT
Senior Member
 
busyEMT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 902
Default

It was a pain at first... mainly the post production. I really only shot .jpg for # of shots per card; but as I now use a 1G and a 512M card, I nearly fill them both every time I go out.

I simply use the Canon RAW converter and then open the TIFF in PS6. I may try the program listed above.
__________________
Aaron Florin- Click Here to view my photos at RailPictures.Net!
Visit Twin Cities Railfan.com
Visit the Twin Cities Railfan forums.

Don't do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics!
busyEMT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 01:48 AM   #7
KCSRailfan119
Junior Member
 
KCSRailfan119's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brandon, MS
Posts: 17
Send a message via AIM to KCSRailfan119 Send a message via Yahoo to KCSRailfan119
Default

Andrew,

You should be able to open the RAW/RAF format in PSE. Are you using Version 2 or 3? I know that PSE 3 can open the Canon RAW and any other RAW format. If yours will not, all you should have to do is download the needed update from Adobe. If not, IfranView should convert it for you.
__________________
Chris White
KCS Meridian Sub
Brandon, MS
Firefighter/Paramedic

http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=687
KCSRailfan119 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.