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Here is a quick way for noobs to review RAW files.
If you are a noob like me and are experimenting with shooting in RAW (and it's well worth it) this may be a time and hard drive space saver you may not know about. I found out that it's easy to convert the (Canon at least not sure about others) RAWs to JPGs, rename them, and place them in their own folder automatically with Irfanview (free download at Irfanview.com). Mine is an earlier version3.98; I'll bet the newest one is similar. I'll find out about that soon when I download it. Below is the settings I use in my current version..

If you transfer your JPGs and/or RAWs to your hard drive then use Irfanview in this way you can quickly review them in a folder inside the folder where the RAWs reside. While I am doing that I find out which RAWs I want to retain for future post processing, printing, etc. and delete the rest of those huge RAW files..

Before I discovered this I was using Irfanview to view my new pix but the RAW ones would load VERY slowly. I hated that and I also ended up with some useless stinkers I didn't really want to keep taking up space on my hard drive but also didn't want to go back through them to weed them out. I just now found out that Irfanview's thumnail viewer mode which I hadn't messed with much before does provide quick thumbnails of RAW files so that can be useful too..

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Related2SantaAnna wrote:.

If you are a noob like me and are experimenting with shooting in RAW(and it's well worth it) this may be a time and hard drive spacesaver you may not know about. I found out that it's easy to convertthe (Canon at least not sure about others) RAWs to JPGs, rename them,and place them in their own folder automatically with Irfanview (freedownload at Irfanview.com). Mine is an earlier version3.98; I'llbet the newest one is similar. I'll find out about that soon when Idownload it. Below is the settings I use in my current version..

If you transfer your JPGs and/or RAWs to your hard drive then useIrfanview in this way you can quickly review them in a folder insidethe folder where the RAWs reside. While I am doing that I find outwhich RAWs I want to retain for future post processing, printing,etc. and delete the rest of those huge RAW files..

Before I discovered this I was using Irfanview to view my new pix butthe RAW ones would load VERY slowly. I hated that and I also ended upwith some useless stinkers I didn't really want to keep taking upspace on my hard drive but also didn't want to go back through themto weed them out. I just now found out that Irfanview's thumnailviewer mode which I hadn't messed with much before does provide quickthumbnails of RAW files so that can be useful too..

Http://www.flickr.com/...5157246&size=l&context=set-72157602568856588.

Just wondered - is there any reason why aren't you using Canon's Zoombroswer for your initial image sorting? Fine for JPGs and all Canon RAW files..

Peter.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #1

A couple of other suggestions.

Whenever possible, shoot in RAW+JPG rather than just RAW and use the JPG versions when doing a first run through, to eliminate the obvious failures. Sometimes you'll even find the JPGs are OK for printing, without the need to go to the RAW at all, so you can concentrate your PP efforts where they're most needed..

Keep more RAWs! Images you can't get to look right today may be easy to fix once your skills (or the program you're using) improve in a year or two's time. It's really frustrating to find you deleted the file from lack of space, so either get a big external HD or at least make a copy on DVD before you clear them..

Hope that's useful to someone!Peter.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

Comment #2

PS Bridge coverts them in batch mode too. There are several programs that do. Absolutely convert JPG and save the RAW original to decide which ones are worth post processing...

Comment #3

I am also happy with reviewing in Zoombrowser. I like the organizer, slideshows, and I have even printed from Zoombrowser. I don't bother with any of the very limited editing functions...

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Related2SantaAnna wrote:.

....Before I discovered this I was using Irfanview to view my new pix butthe RAW ones would load VERY slowly. I hated that and I also ended upwith some useless stinkers I didn't really want to keep taking upspace on my hard drive but also didn't want to go back through themto weed them out. I just now found out that Irfanview's thumnailviewer mode which I hadn't messed with much before does provide quickthumbnails of RAW files so that can be useful too..

I do not understand your difficulty. I shoot exclusively RAW then view the RAW files with Irfanview to sort them. Simply click and open the first shot in your folder then press "T" for thumbs. You can then cycle through the entire folder sorting the shots using F7. It takes milliseconds for each shot to load (P4 2.8Mhz 2GB RAM). Irfanview reads the embedded jpeg in my NEF RAW files.



Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Thanks for everyone's help in the matter of efficiently dealing with RAW files. I've been selectively using RAW + JPGs when the scene might need the extra dynamic range. Now I'm thinking about using both all the time. I sometimes see JPGs that I don't think I can work with when the RAW version looks more promising. Sometimes I just prefer the RAW version as is for printing or whatever. The problem is I have found it almost intolerable to wait literally 10 seconds for each RAW file to load for viewing; even off of the hard drive.



Now after reading this response I'm highly suspect that doubling my RAM from 1GB will do the trick! I've been planning on doing that anyway. I have a 3Ggz AMD 64 CPU BTW. Also, I have around 750GBs of total drive space but need at least a 500GB external ASAP in order to tranfer enough files for an overdue fresh install of XP and have extra space. Everything I do with the puter takes a lot of storage space..

Thanks for the Irfanview tips. I will get more out of it now. As far as ZoomBrowser EX I haven't been able to get it to work. It gives me a "Class Not Registered" error. Haven't looked into that yet but will soon and give it a try when it's fixed..

For editing I mostly use Paint Shop Pro X because I've been using varous versions for years and I'm used to it. I find it easy to work with layers and so on. On the other hand I also have Photo Shop Elements 5 but find it slows me down but I just need to learn how to use it. I also have Paint Shop 7 but find it even more cumbersome and time consuming. I'll probably reinstall that now that I'm using RAW files and getting more serious about photography. I hope this RAW editing business doesn't necessarily mean many, many hours at the computer (as opposed to using that time learning to capture better exposures) like audio (I'm a musician) and video editing can often require. Although non-professional editing is kind of relaxing and is definitely rewarding there are other things to do in life and only so many hours in a day...

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