Monday, June 25, 2007

RAW conversion software

I've noticed that my earlier articles on RAW processing software have received numerous visits, so it seems a good moment to update you with the latest news.

Previously I did a comparison between RAW converters, Capture One, Nikon Capture, Raw Shooter 2006 and later added an article about Canon's own software, DPP. That was back in 2006 and things move on at an incredible speed, so here's the latest.

After trying Adobe Lightroom for a few months, and loving it, I've now settled on Adobe Camera Raw as my preferred software. Lightroom is very pretty, has superb workflow and enables you to process thousands of images very quickly.

However, I prefer CS3 because of the way it seamlessly and effortlessly integrates Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. I love the new Adobe Bridge in CS3. The only downside is the cost (especially if you happen to live in Europe). If you've got the time and inclination it's cheaper to get a flight to New York and buy CS3 there than to buy it off the shelf in the UK.

Having said that and all hype aside, CS3 rocks; well for now anyway. No doubt in a few months I'll have to update this article again with the next great thing. I do think though that the workflow from Adobe Bridge through ACR to Photoshop is superb and you can't really ask for more.

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