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Old Nov 12, 2009, 9:58 AM   #1
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When I shoot in RAW, here are the steps I go thru in editing.

I shoot in Canon RAW.
Up load the images to my computer and open then in Canon Digital Photo Pro Software.

Then I immediately save them as 8 bit tiff files

Then I do all my editing in Photoshop Elements.

The reason I do it this way is because:
Canon DPP doesn't do much editing, it mostly just does converting.
My version of PSElements can't handle 16 bit tiff, so I do 8 bit tiff.
I do tiff because the file size is larger than if I used jpeg and because the photo printer I use can handle tiff without being converted to jpeg.
I use PSE because I understand Photoshop and PSE works a wee bit easier for me.

Is there a better way for a Canon shooter to manage and edit files?
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 2:33 PM   #2
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Lightroom can handle both your image management, your RAW conversions, and general photo editing. I only export out to photoshop cs4 for very specific things.
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I agree with Hards, DPP is adding an extra processing step that is not needed. I try to avoid using DPP if at all possible.
There are lots of other programs out there other than PS. I personally will not use PS because I refuse to spend hundreds on a program.
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Photoshop Lightroom (PC and Mac) or Aperture (Mac Only) are probably the only programs 99% of photographers need for 95% of their work.

Highly recommended.
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 7:47 PM   #5
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I just visited the forums at Adobe for Lightroom 2.

Seems there are several people having trouble getting Lightroom 2 to read CR2 files.

Lots of people using the Canon 7D are having trouble with Lightroom 2.

After you installed Lightroom 2, what else did you have to do in order to get it to read Canon CR2 files?

I was a bit concerned when I read about a bunch plugs and updates and such. Amazon's price is $260 for the software and that's enough money to make me want to be sure I can get the software to work after I install it. (Funny thing about those software retailers, they don't give refunds. http://forums.steves-digicams.com/im...milies/eek.gif

Now you may be wondering why I'm so concerned??? That url listed above is suppose to be the EEK face, I can't even get smiley faces to appear in this website. What are my chances that Lightroom will work flawlessly for me right out of the box? I'm bettin' zero!! (So how do you get the smiley faces to work? I did the copy/paste thing.

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lightroom will work fine with your 5dmkii and your (was it xsi??)

also, you can use the beta of Lightroom 3.0 until April for free.

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3/
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When I shoot RAW with my Canon 40D I open and edit in the files in Elements 7. Just open the raw file like you would a JPG or TIFF. The files open in a raw editor and can then be transferred to the normal editor that opens when you start Elements. I am really new learning this and decided Elements was a good place to start learning. I can move up to something with more power when I master Elements.
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Each RAW converter needs to have camera-specific profiles made.

Adobe Camera Raw (which is the same underlying engine in LR2 and Photoshop CS4 and Elements) can read CR2 files as long as the camera has been profiled. But it takes a few weeks for adobe to release the support update.

Photoshop and LR2.5 and 3B read all my files from my 20D, 5D, 5DMkII.
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Photoshop Lightroom (PC and Mac) or Aperture (Mac Only) are probably the only programs 99% of photographers need for 95% of their work.

Highly recommended.
Good programs? Yes. Personally I do not need PS or Lightroom. I used to use PS many years ago and hated it. I use other professional software from ACD Systems. It works for 95%, or more of my work.
ACD Pro Photo 3.0. Highly recommended.
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Aperture costs $200, Lightroom around $250.

I'm sure ACD is fine, but it's $190. Because it's not one of the leaders I would want it to be a lot cheaper than that to tempt me away from the big guns.
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