Raw Shooter Essentials - What a miracle!

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RiceHigh, May 16, 2006.

  1. RiceHigh

    RiceHigh Guest

    Tried this trial freeware 1.2 by pixmantec.com for a few days and find
    it to be a miracle piece of software!

    Auto exposure and auto white balance works fairly well, or, at least
    they do provide a good starting point to work with. I like its exposure
    control of separate highlight and shadow contrast adjustment plus the
    unique fill light function to fill in the "gaps" in between!

    I don't know how exactly the RSE make its calculation nor what
    algorithms it used, but it does produce very decent output pictures
    with fairly good intelligence sometimes which I cannot even make such
    nice *manual* adjustment with my Pentax Photo Laboratory 2.1 (the
    latest version). Well, the RSE simply wins hands down IMHO..

    The multi-tasking smoothness (within both the RSE and with other
    applications as well) plus its conversion speed are both amazing and
    far superior to the Pentax Photo Lab, furthermore.

    Interesting, the RSE shows that quite many of my Pentax RAW pictures
    are underexposured for most of the time and the adjustment values are
    sometimes quite close to my underexposure values measured by my
    exposure accuracy tests of DSLRs at my homepage, for those reallife
    pictures which I did not impose any +ve exposure compensation at the
    time of shooting. (For details about my findings of exposure accuracy
    of different Pentax and Canon DSLRs, see:-
    http://www.geocities.com/ricehigh ). This comparison results look
    truely amazing to me indeed! (except that the RSE tends to expose for
    highlights, too, but for evenly illunimated scenes, the +ve "auto"
    exposure compensation of RSE is actually quite consistent and *fairly*

    Well, after praising so long for this wonderful piece of RAW convertor,
    I have a question to ask: Is it possible to do *batch conversion* with
    Auto Exposure and/or Auto WB, instead of carrying the same adjustment
    settings for the whole batch?? Anyone knows? TIA for any hints! Or, is
    RS Premium can have this feature? (If so, I will not hesitate to buy
    one! provided that Pixmantec commits to provide future free update to
    new DSLR models - of which the RAW format might be different - anyone
    knows if Pixmantec has this offer or commitment, like quite some other
    software vendors provide??)

    RiceHigh, May 16, 2006
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  2. RiceHigh

    Lionel Guest

    I haven't tried it, but selecting all your thumbnails & setting Auto
    Exp & WB from the correction might possibly work.
    I switched from Capture One Pro to RawShooter a while back, & was
    happy enough with it to buy the full version. I now use it for 95% of
    my photography.
    As for them supporting new camera models, they've added every new
    model released since I started using their program (at least 8
    brands/models, so their track record is currently at 100%.
    Lionel, May 16, 2006
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  3. Have to agree with you, I discovered Raw Shooter after becoming thoroughly
    dissapointed with Nikon Capture software. Raw shooter is a delight to use,
    very fast, with a great degree of control. The professional version is
    better though, if you can afford it.
    Nigel Cummings, May 16, 2006
  4. RiceHigh

    G.T. Guest

    Yep, it is cool. But I primarily use a Mac, and sometimes OpenBSD, for
    photo editing. I've only had an opportunity to try RSE on my work PC.

    G.T., May 16, 2006
  5. RiceHigh

    Ben Brugman Guest

    Raw Shooter Essentials
    I am very happy with the workflow of RSE, far better than Nikon Capture.
    But I do have a little problem with the produced colors.

    And on one picture the moire was far worse than on other raw programmes.
    (But this was only with one particular picture. And I would not know if
    raw programmes would produce bad moire effects on other pictures).
    (The picture
    click for original format

    But in general I think that RSE is one of the better programmes.

    Ben Brugman, May 16, 2006
  6. I use RSE (in preference to PictureProject), but in what ways are the
    professional version better?

    Mark Harrington
    Mark Harrington, May 18, 2006
  7. RiceHigh

    RiceHigh Guest

    I know that there are more settings and options, e.g. a vibrance
    parameter which can be adjusted for difference color appearances. Other
    than that, I have no more further info.

    RiceHigh, May 20, 2006
  8. Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), May 20, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Not bad, I just tried it. Is there any way to zoom in to see detail for
    sharpening & noise reduction? It is fast. The lack of a standard text
    menu is annoying. The batch process works nicely.
    Paul Furman, May 20, 2006
  10. RiceHigh

    RW+/- Guest

    I think zoom is in the pro, as are multiple pics for comparisons. He has a
    low price on it ATM.
    RW+/-, May 20, 2006
  11. Zoom controls are on the right just blow the image. Zoom Slider, Fit Image,
    1:1 with pull down for common 50%,100%, 200% and 400% zoom.
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), May 20, 2006
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