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Forgive me if this question seems a little dumb, but I have a Nikon SLR and have yet to venture into the RAW settings mode..

If I take pictures in RAW, can I manipulate in them in photoshop on my mac?.

Can they then be printed out etc?.

I heard that I may need a conversion program.Is this true?Are they free off the web?.

Your help (as always) is greatly appreciated.

CheersMark..

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I hope your camera came with CD that should have manufacturer's RAW converter software..

Latest versions of Adobe Photoshop are able to read and convert RAW..

After you are done with edjustments in RAW converter (highlight,shadows,fill light,saturation) you need to convert image into TIF or JPG to be able to print..

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Comment #1

RAW is raw - unprocessed data direct from the camera's sensor. You carry out the same processing that is applied in camera to JPEG or TIFF files, but you do it on your PC using a raw processor. This gives you far more control..

I think that the Pictureproject software that comes with Nikon cameras has very poor RAW capabilities - you can convert RAW to TIFF or JPEG, but you cannot manipulate anything. You may also have received a trial version of Nikon NX which is much superior, but quite expensive..

If you have a reasonably recent version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, it will include ACR: Adobe Camera RAW. You may need to download the latest version..

You use ACR to carry out those adjustments that are best done at the RAW stage, especially exposure and colour. When you have finished the file goes into PS for any other editing that you wish to do, and you save it from PS..

There are other RAW processors around from Capture One and Bibble, and Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom also contain raw processors..

RAW processors are a little daunting at first but you will quickly learn how to use one and then probably only need 30-60 secs per file for routine processing. The processor doesn't change the original file, so it is easy to learn by trial and error.Chris R..

Comment #2

Mark,.

You can manipulate in PS. At most you will need a NEF plug in..

You do not say whether you already have PS (or Elements). To get the best out of Nikon NEFs (RAW photos) you would be well advised to use Capture NX. It is annoying that you have to pay for it but it does get the best out of the photos. If you have not yet learned to use any PP program it has got to be worth at least using the trial of NX to see what you think..

By way of simple alternative try the new programme ViewNX which is available now as a free download and will be bundled with Nikon DSLRs in future. I downloaded it yesterday and it seems to work quite well. You will find the download address at the beginning of this thread:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...ums/readflat.asp?forum=1034&thread=24780638.

If nothing else that download will give you some idea of the power and simplicity of working in RAW..

Chris Elliott.

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

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Comment #3

Yes they need to be converted, Yes they can be manipulated in Photoshop, and Yes you can get Free Camera Raw software!..

Comment #4

IPhoto does raw. the iLife '08 version has some worthy improvements in this regard..

Lightroom is popular these days. I think you can download a trial..

If you have a brand-new model sometimes it takes a bit for the raw converters to catch up (and in the case of photoshop you might have to upgrade in order to use the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw)...

Comment #5

Stan_P wrote:.

I hope your camera came with CD that should have manufacturer's RAWconverter software..

Latest versions of Adobe Photoshop are able to read and convert RAW..

After you are done with edjustments in RAW converter(highlight,shadows,fill light,saturation) you need to convert imageinto TIF or JPG to be able to print..

In Photoshop (at least) you may print from the processed raw state ... there is no need to convert to TIFF, JPEG or anything else..

Chas.Canada.==============Do Not Listen to What I Say ... Listen to What I Mean !...

Comment #6

Why would you want to print directly from Raw. Its gray tone.Actually, I don't think you can print directly from Raw even in PS..

When you open it with ACR you don't have a print option. You have to convert it to something and psd is the default - then you can print..

Tom..

Comment #7

In my statement I quite specifically said "from processed RAW". There does not need to be any conversion. I am sorry but in this case ... I am right and you are wrong..

Chas..

Tnordahl wrote:.

Why would you want to print directly from Raw. Its gray tone.Actually, I don't think you can print directly from Raw even in PS.When you open it with ACR you don't have a print option. You have toconvert it to something and psd is the default - then you can print..

Tom.

Canada.==============Do Not Listen to What I Say ... Listen to What I Mean !...

Comment #8

Yes you are.I need to read carefully before I open my big mouth.SorryTom..

Comment #9

MarkyGee wrote:.

Forgive me if this question seems a little dumb, but I have a NikonSLR and have yet to venture into the RAW settings mode..

Hi marky, I have a new nikon D200 and a new mac! w00t..

If I take pictures in RAW, can I manipulate in them in photoshop onmy mac?.

Can they then be printed out etc?.

I heard that I may need a conversion program.Is this true?Are they free off the web?.

Your help (as always) is greatly appreciated.

CheersMark.

First you need something to convert the raw files. you have photoshop and so you can use ACR or Adobe Camera Raw. you need the ACR plug-in for photoshop which is free. google Adobe Camera Raw. when you open a raw file with photoshop, it will recognise it as raw and launch the ACR plug-in. you then will be able to change all sorts of aspects of the raw file, such as white balance, exposure, etc...



Raw files usually come with an embedded jpeg preview in your cataloging proggie what ever you use. but that's not the raw file at all only a preview... you can change how it looks when you process it..

The raw file is actually never changed. it's your negative and your "processing" it. if you like, interpreting the raw data. so you can play around all you please as you learn..

I have nikon capture nx. go get the trial version because it has got some advantages over acr. I do like the versions feature. you can play and play with all sorts of versions while you learn. when you're ready, you can tell capture nx to open your processed file in photoshop (it will convert that version to TIFF format) and then do any photoshop editing. or, if they don't need any further photoshop work, you can print them from within capture nx...

Comment #10

Tnordahl wrote:.

Yes you are.I need to read carefully before I open my big mouth.SorryTom.

No Problem..

Chas.Canada.==============Do Not Listen to What I Say ... Listen to What I Mean !...

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