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    Default Advise needed for DNG file

    it had been a long time since i shoot RAW as i was usually on JPEG.
    and recently i was shooting RAW and imported into LR3 which converted to DNG.
    i notice the color was off(faded),image quality degraded(very soft) alot.
    i don't remember this problem last time when i shoot RAW or JPEG.
    i tried to develop and get back as close to the original image color and quality as possible but it failed.
    is it suppose to be like this?
    what should i do?

    thank you.

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    Default Re: Advise needed for DNG file

    Quote Originally Posted by Turbonetics View Post
    it had been a long time since i shoot RAW as i was usually on JPEG.
    and recently i was shooting RAW and imported into LR3 which converted to DNG.
    i notice the color was off(faded),image quality degraded(very soft) alot.
    i don't remember this problem last time when i shoot RAW or JPEG.
    i tried to develop and get back as close to the original image color and quality as possible but it failed.
    is it suppose to be like this?
    what should i do?

    thank you.
    A RAW file is what the camera captured without much processing from the camera's internal engine. When you import it into LR, the only thing set properly will be the as-shot WB. Brightness will be defaulted to 50 and contrast to 25. Even the camera calibration will not be set and left at "Adobe Standard".

    If you want to process with all your in-camera settings as a baseline, you should be using the software that came with your camera or sold by your camera's Brand. For Nikon, you should be looking at ViewNX2 or CaptureNX2. For Canon, I think that will be DPP. These software will read the in-camera settings from the RAW file and apply it.

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    Default Re: Advise needed for DNG file

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    A RAW file is what the camera captured without much processing from the camera's internal engine. When you import it into LR, the only thing set properly will be the as-shot WB. Brightness will be defaulted to 50 and contrast to 25. Even the camera calibration will not be set and left at "Adobe Standard".

    If you want to process with all your in-camera settings as a baseline, you should be using the software that came with your camera or sold by your camera's Brand. For Nikon, you should be looking at ViewNX2 or CaptureNX2. For Canon, I think that will be DPP. These software will read the in-camera settings from the RAW file and apply it.
    i see,no wonder when i view it in DPP, the images were similar to what i see on camera.
    but i don't remember last time when i transfer raw images to it,it was like this.
    maybe i remember wrongly.
    thanks anyway.

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    Default Re: Advise needed for DNG file

    Yes that is normal. What you see on your camera's LCD is a processed version, not the RAW. RAW files will always appear less saturated as it is not yet gone through any processing and softer as no sharpening has been applied.

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