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01-15-2016, 10:54 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by markdesmarais Quote
RawTherapee is another great choice for raw processing.
RawTherapee is amazing. I like the interface better than many other commercial software. Only thing I don't like about RawTherapee is that it applies the default processing as soon as you open a raw file. I like to have the freedom to choose what I want to do with images, I might want to see the raw as it is before applying any processing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TropicalMonkey Quote
RawTherapee is amazing. I like the interface better than many other commercial software. Only thing I don't like about RawTherapee is that it applies the default processing as soon as you open a raw file. I like to have the freedom to choose what I want to do with images, I might want to see the raw as it is before applying any processing.
The way I understand it, it has to apply some kind of default settings to generate an image for you to view. Before processing, the RAW file is just a bunch of numbers. If you mean that you want it to look the way it did on the rear screen of your camera, then Rawtherapee either have to understand and emulate all your camera settings, or it would have to start off by showing you the preview JPG embedded in the RAW file.

I haven't used Rawtherapee in a while, but I'm pretty sure you can choose whatever default profile you want to be applied when you open a file. I seem to recall that at one time, you could set up rules for what profiles would be applied to various files based on what's in the EXIF . ie. you could have a certain default profile applied for certain ISO values, or focal lengths, etc. Don't quote me on that though, cause like I said, it's been a while.
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Thanks for all the info. Many options to explore. Seemed easier back when I WALKED into the darkroom instead of opening it up on the computer.

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Thanks for all the info. Many options to explore. Seemed easier back when I WALKED into the darkroom instead of opening it up on the computer.
At least on the computer, we are not smelling the chemicals, and having to mix them.
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At least on the computer, we are not smelling the chemicals, and having to mix them.
Humm...that is what I miss most ...the wonderful smells of processing. Maybe future program will come with a sent generator.
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That would bring back the good old memories!
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Humm...that is what I miss most ...the wonderful smells of processing. Maybe future program will come with a sent generator.
stick your nose over some vinegar every once in a while

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I know this is kind of late but I have not used SikyPix for about a year. Not because its so bad, but because uploading pictures with it takes way too long. I upload all my pictures using PSE which is much faster. From there I switch to ACDsee version 8 for some light-room type editing, then back to PSE If I need some selection edits and to down size. The good thing about SilkyPix is that when it comes to RAW files it really beats the other packages.
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I know this is kind of late but I have not used SikyPix for about a year. Not because its so bad, but because uploading pictures with it takes way too long. I upload all my pictures using PSE which is much faster. From there I switch to ACDsee version 8 for some light-room type editing, then back to PSE If I need some selection edits and to down size. The good thing about SilkyPix is that when it comes to RAW files it really beats the other packages.
I can't comment on what you have experienced with Silkypix, but I can share with you my experience with Silkypix (I am not talking about the bundled software but the full version from ISL, and I am only using the standard version 6). I have used Elements 12 and Lightroom 6, and I find Sillkypix to be more efficient than others in processing RAW files which I only do. The most time consuming things about RAW processing are color/white balance, noise reduction, exposure and adjustments (perspective and lens distortion). Most of these are automatically done accordingly (probably from the EXIF information). Most of what did before hitting F5 (processing) is cropping and adjustment. Again, it is just MHO, I find it to be quite efficient especially when I often have sequence of shots in shooting events.
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Not because its so bad, but because uploading pictures with it takes way too long.
I'm not sure I understand this. I just copy the folder off my card onto my computer hard drive. I don't ever "upload" my images from within a processor/converter.
I browse files using FastStone, and when desired, I invoke the RAW converter of my choice from FastStone. I only use converters that respond by opening ONLY the file I've selected. Converters that insist on cataloguing/processing the entire
folder are quickly uninstalled.

I am able to use Silkypix, PDCU, Rawtherapee, DxO, and ACR/PSE in this way. ( Lightroom, not so much )
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I couldn't get used to silky and Elements is good, but since I switched to Aftershot (it was offered free with my new camera) Pro, I cannot go back to Adobe.
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Thanks for the rapid responses. What a great site!


PS Elements sounds like the way to go for me. Thanks again for the help.
For years I used PS Elements. Then I got PS Lightroom. Now elements only gets used for things that lightroom can't do, which is maybe 1% of the time.

As for Silky Pix, it sits on the computer unused. In fact, I don't think I upgraded it when I got the K-3. It's not very user friendly.
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