Editing RAW/PEF from Pentax K100D

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Eric Babula, Jan 22, 2007.

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    Eric Babula Guest

    Are there any Pentax K100D users out there?

    I'm new to the concept of taking pics in RAW and editing them. I took a
    bunch of shots this weekend, and now need to edit them. But, I'm not
    sure what software would be best for me to use.

    I was unable to even open the files with Micro$oft Photo Editor
    ("unknown file format"), or IrfanView ("not a valid RAW file"). I do
    have Photoshop Elements 3.0 at home, but haven't tried that, yet. Would
    that work? Should I just install the Pentax software that came with the
    camera (I've heard that usually these programs are mostly junk)? Is that
    good enough? Would Picasa work? I just downloaded Picasa here at work,
    and it seems to at least be able to view the files. But, to edit them,
    or batch edit them???

    What software do you use to edit your Pentax RAW/PEF files? Does your
    software have a batch edit feature, so I can apply the same changes
    (e.g. White Balance) to all photos in a folder?

    I thought this would be quicker than it was, so far. Just a matter of
    getting the right software and figuring out how to quickly and
    efficiently use it.

    I'm trying to edit pics of my daughters' volleyball matches, shot with
    ISO 3200. I'm mostly looking to edit these pics by correcting White
    Balance, maybe lightening or helping color a little bit, then using
    Noise Ninja or Neat Image on them to reduce the noise.

    Eric Babula, Jan 22, 2007
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    map Guest

    I'm a new K100D user and the pentax softwares are simply impossible to use
    on my pc. they're totally unstable.
    so the answer is interesting me and a replacement for the browser also...
    map, Jan 22, 2007
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    The Pentax software is quirky, braindead, and slow, but it does a pretty
    good job of converting files.

    I use Photoshop with Adobe Camera RAW, and I also use dcraw, which is
    open-source software. dcraw works from the command line, so you can have
    it go to town on a batch of images with great ease.

    The RAW workflow happens like this: You start with a PEF file, which you
    then convert to some other format, and which you then edit. So
    regardless of how you convert, once the image is in a more
    widely-understood format you can use the various software you list

    Another option is to convert to DNG (Digital NeGative), which a lot of
    software understands. You'd get the DNG converter from Adobe's web site
    and use it to convert your PEF files.

    Good luck.
    Paul Mitchum, Jan 22, 2007
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    simon Guest

    simon, Jan 22, 2007
  5. PSE3 will work fine if you install the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in 3.6.
    PSE3 with the Hidden Elements packageadded is very close to having
    Photoshop CS2. The Pentax software is OK but buggy and crashes when
    you try to use certain functions.
    Oliver Costich, Jan 22, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    I've been using Bibble Lite with very good results and its much more user
    friendly than the Pentax software.
    Steve, Jan 22, 2007
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    Cgiorgio Guest

    I am using a Samsung GX1L DSLR which I believe is using the same RAW format
    as the Pentax Cameras. Besides the Samsung/(Pentax?) software I have used
    two freeware programs UFRAW and RAWTHERAPEE that work with the .PEF files.
    Ufraw works as stand alone and as a plug-in for The Gimp (freeware image
    editor). RAWTHERAPEE is a very versatile program but is in its Beta
    development stage. It is still much slower than the other options, but gives
    the best control over the results. To download them just Google for the
    program names and go to the respective homepages.
    Cgiorgio, Jan 22, 2007
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    Eric Babula Guest

    0m (Paul Mitchum) wrote in 0m:
    I guess I have a lot to learn! I thought you edit in RAW (change the
    white balance, etc.), and THEN convert it to jpg. That's not true?

    What format should I convert the PEF into for editing? TIFF? Or, is DNG
    or something else better to use with Photoshop Elements 3.0?
    Eric Babula, Jan 23, 2007
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    Eric Babula Guest

    I was hoping someone would be able to tell me that PSE3 could work for me!
    Thanks, I'll try this advice tonight!
    Eric Babula, Jan 23, 2007
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