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Old Nov 11, 2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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Default D90--Odd Color Output for Raw Photos

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I typically shoot with my D90 in Raw + JPG Fine, and I've found the two outputs to have considerable differences in colors. The JPG output looks pretty much spot-on, but the RAW photo requires a lot of adjustments for the color output to match the subject. I'm using a preset white balance, which I would have assumed would meter color the same what in both formats.

Here's an example I recently shot. The photos shown here are both just cropped/resized from the original, and the link goes to the full-size original version.

http://jkcp.jkwd.com/jkcp/20091110-raw/DSC_1365.NEF




http://jkcp.jkwd.com/jkcp/20091110-raw/DSC_1365.JPG




I'd appreciate any thoughts you have on this.

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Old Nov 11, 2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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Its because the jpg gets processed in the camera, where the RAW is untouched.
RAW allways needs you to process them yourself to look decent
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Is there any way to figure out what the camera did for color settings? It seems to be nailing the JPGs when it comes to color, and it would save a lot of time to know what it did.
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Perhaps the white balance?
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The white balance should already be fine--I'm using a preset value, and the JPG color has no problem.
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I believe that Nikon's Capture NX allows you to apply the camera settings to your raw workflow.
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The white balance should already be fine--I'm using a preset value, and the JPG color has no problem.
But the white balance setting is applied to the JPEG image, not the RAW file. It would only be applied to teh RAW image during post processing, if you chose it to be.
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But the white balance setting is applied to the JPEG image, not the RAW file. It would only be applied to teh RAW image during post processing, if you chose it to be.
That would certainly explain a lot... is there a way to find out what the temperature is for the preset white balance I've captured? Then at least I'd know where to put the slider when I start processing.
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That would certainly explain a lot... is there a way to find out what the temperature is for the preset white balance I've captured? Then at least I'd know where to put the slider when I start processing.
What application are you using?

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Unless you are using software provided from Nikon, most of those in-camera settings that are applied to your JPEG images are hidden from the software you are using to process your raw images. It is up to you to customize that software and, if possible, establish your own default settings. This is a common question that is asked frequently in the Adobe forums.
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