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best raw converter for fashion/glamour
Old 10-01-2005, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For my post pruduction i use RSE for conversion and photoshop cs for everything else. The results from RSE are quite good, except for the
skin tones - too magenta/reddish and all the colors are oversaturated.
No problem with oversaturation, but skin tones are really bad.
I tried to use ACR but it`s so slow (in comparision with RSE), and
even with demo Bibble Pro and Phase one C1 the results are so-so.
Any suggestions?

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Re: best raw converter for fashion/glamour
Old 10-01-2005, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Upgrade to CS2, Use the photoshop DNG File to work in and then save your jpeg from that.

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Re: best raw converter for fashion/glamour
Old 10-02-2005, 03:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It is very easy to argue the point that each camera's specific raw converter will give the best raw file. The camera makers are still a little secretive about certain things about their products. CS2 does do a great job and is usually faster than the camera specific software.

Before going out and spending big money on an upgrade or new software try this. Making sure your exposure is correct, shoot a grey card frame to set your custom white balance and set your camera to output a raw and large jpeg. I know on my MarkII the raw and jpeg look vastly different. The custom wb should give you perfect skin tones if exposed properly and give your raw file a good kelvin number to work with as well. If everything is done correctly, the large jpeg should be a very usable file, unless you have a specific reason for working in raw.

If you really need the flexibility of a huge raw file, pull it in thru DPP or your camera's software and output a jpeg thru it. Even if it is painfully slow, it should still produce the most correct raw file. Canon, Nikon, Fuji, etc. all put tag information in their raw files that their software knows how to handle. CS and CS2 do a great job of "guessing" what needs to be done. See if you like the results from this workflow.

I will say that CS2 does a much better job at raw conversion than CS and for most that was reason enough to upgrade.

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Re: best raw converter for fashion/glamour
Old 10-02-2005, 05:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm using Nikon D70 camera, and the raw converter bundled with is
really a poor one (almost no correction tools - nikon capture or somethin`...)
so i immidiatly switched to third party converter. The main dislikes of ACR 1
are - slow and no highlight blowout warning.
I'm also using a lastolite ezybalance card for wb. Well the pics on my monitor
(spyder calibrated crt) in photoshop are O.K. but once i see them in windows
viewer or on the web...

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Old 10-02-2005, 11:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Are you shooting in sRGB or AdobeRGB? A friend of mine uses nikon capture to convert all of his raw files and loves it.

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I was wrong - bundled sofware is picture project 1.0
I will try with cs2 demo and then we`ll see
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I'm using C1 with Photoshop CS. When and if I get a new dedicated computer for graphics I will install CS2. But I have no problems with this setup. One thing I love about C1 is the quick batch editing for WB and Exposure, etc. vs. Photoshop.
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