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can't get 'raw' photo's off my scandisk!
Hello all-.

I have some 40 photo's that I shoot in the "raw" format. When I try to export my photos none of the "raw" pictures come up, it does seem that there is a file there for every photo, just no picture, and I can't export them..

I can view the photo's from my Canon 40d..

Am I doing something wrong? I do have other pictures I took in a different format and I have no problem loading them on my computer..

Any advice would help. If you have a question about the camera I have not changed any of the factory settings that came on the camera..

Thanks!!Nate..

Comments (7)

RAW files are files which have not been converted yet. Using RAW allows the user control over the many facets of editing not usually available to JPEG photos such as white-balance, saturation, exposure compensation, shadow depth, and much more..

A JPEG is the camera's finished conversion of the RAW file. The white-balance has been set (even if it is on auto), the saturation was set, the exposure can no longer be compensated and is set, the shadow depth is set, everything is set in stone and the image is also usually sharpened up a bit, then the entire image is reduced to 8-bit color; and the JPEG is generated. Picture done. You can easily see 8-bit JPEGs with any editing program or even such things as Windows Explorer or Windows Fax/picture viewer..

To "see" RAW, you must first have a program capable of viewing that format. Even Photoshop can't view all RAW files because it relies on a translator program called Camera Raw and that must contain your specific camera data. I do not believe that CS1 or CS2 are capable of this, but I'm quite sure that CS3 can see the files. So can Lightroom because Lightroom does not rely on Camera Raw..

Hope this helps.P.S. if your camera irritates you, you can send it to me. ..

Comment #1

Sorry, but your question is 100% not clear..

What's your scandisk?.

SkyCamera wrote:.

Hello all-.

I have some 40 photo's that I shoot in the "raw" format. When I tryto export my photos none of the "raw" pictures come up, it does seem.

What do you mean by export? how do you do it?.

That there is a file there for every photo, just no picture, and Ican't export them..

Where do you see that? What's the software package you use?.

I can view the photo's from my Canon 40d..

That means the files are there..

Am I doing something wrong?.

Yes, but I can't tell you what, because you are not giving enough information..

I do have other pictures I took in adifferent format and I have no problem loading them on my computer..

What different format and how do you load them in the computer?.

Any advice would help..

What happens here is that RAW are NOT image files, contrary to the popular belief; they have to be converted..

However we can't help you more until you give more information: how do you transfer data, what software package you use for transfer, what software package tells you that there are no raw images..

/d/n..

Comment #2

Rolf wrote:.

I thought that ALL cameras that could shoot in the raw format came with a CD program that allowed viewing / editing, as well as file transfer. Did you install and use yours?.

SkyCamera wrote:.

Hello all-.

I have some 40 photo's that I shoot in the "raw" format. When I tryto export my photos none of the "raw" pictures come up, it does seemthat there is a file there for every photo, just no picture, and Ican't export them..

I can view the photo's from my Canon 40d..

Am I doing something wrong? I do have other pictures I took in adifferent format and I have no problem loading them on my computer..

Any advice would help. If you have a question about the camera Ihave not changed any of the factory settings that came on the camera..

Thanks!!Nate..

Comment #3

OP, your post isn't very clear. However, I'll take a stab at what I think you are asking..

If you are using a 3rd party image import program to read your memory card, that program may well ignore files not ending with ".JPG". You might just use Windows Explorer to browse your memory card. Just open the drive letter, look for the DCIM directory (folder), then the directory under that. Your files should be there..

You'll still need the software that came with your camera to convert the raw files into JPGs..

I might add that unless you have a specific need, I would avoid shooting in RAW. There are advantages that are useful to experienced users, but shooting RAW introduces it's own complications. For most shooters, JPG is fine. (OK, here it comes....).

Now, if I've missed the gist of your question entirely, please repost taking care to express your problem clearly..

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Comment #4

If you're using Windows XP, the WIA driver for Canon cameras does not support Canon's CR2 Raw file format (used in all modern Canon DSLRs including the 40D). When you shoot in Raw-only, it generally manages to work, but if you shoot in Raw+JPEG it will latch onto the JPEG and not show the CR2 file. Windows Explorer may show 2 JPEG files with the same name..

You either need to use a card reader or use Canon's download software (EOS Utility) to get Raw+JPEG downloaded to Windows XP...

Comment #5

Do you mean to type "Scandisk", or "Sandisk", which is a brand name?Dirck HarrisBug chaser/Dragonfly hunter.http://www.pbase.com/harry1/..

Comment #6

There are many different ways to do this, but I'll give you one that is just about foolproof and as non-technical as I cam make it..

1) Make sure you have installed all the software that came with the camera. If you are not sure, do it again, it only takes a few minutes. Use default settings for everything, there is nothing that you especially need to change. Later on when you have familiarised yourself with it you can make changes if you wish..

2) Use the camera on it's factory settings except for the Image Quality - change that to RAW+L. Take a few shots..

3) Switch off the camera..

4) Leave the memory card in the camera. Plug the USB cable that came with the camera into the computer, and then into the camera..

5) Switch on the camera. If this is the first time you have used this connection the computer should report that it has recognised a new device. Let it do whatever it wants. Soon you should see the EOS Utilty window which gives several options including "Starts To Download Images". Click that..

6) The software will automatically download all *new* images from the camera to the computer. Of course, if you have never done this before, that will be everything that is on the card. It will download both JPEG and RAW (CR2) files..

7) Now, my own set up is not standard so I can't check this, but if I recall correctly Zoom Browser will automatically start, showing you the files you have downloaded..

8) For what to do next - read the manual!.

I hope I've got that sequence right and not left anything out..

Many people recommend using a card reader. The reason I have suggested using the USB connection instead is that it seems to work more automatically, because the computer can recognise the camera. If you use a card reader, what the computer sees is just another memory device, and there are just too many different things that could happen, depending on your setup. Later, when you've got the hang of all this, you might want to go back to trying the card reader - but there is no compelling reason to...

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