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Old Oct 4, 2010, 5:41 AM   #1
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I decided to start shooting raw at least for high ISO shots with my K7. Do you have any suggestions? The only conversion software I have is Aperture 3.
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GIMP, handles PEF fine and has some decent noise reduction.
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Never shot raw before. Anybody out there using Aperture for the conversion?
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Is there some inside joke I am not aware of? any time I recommend GIMP for anything, my reply is completely ignored.

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I didn't mean to ignor you. It's just that I spent money on Aperture, and prefer a single solution. I like Aperture's tools very much. I also own the Noise Ninja plugin for Aperture.
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Is there some inside joke I am not aware of? any time I recommend GIMP for anything, my reply is completely ignored.
Actually, the Gimp does not handle raw files at all. ;-)

But, you can use the dcraw.c plugin with it, or use UFRaw with it (which can act as a stand alone converter or as plugin for the Gimp) so that the conversion from raw is done prior to loading the image into the Gimp's [currently 8 bit only] editor.

IOW, you've probably got one or the other installed (raw conversion plugin), as the Gimp by itself does not support raw files, and they'll need to be converted from raw before you can view/edit them using the Gimp.
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I never got along well with Noise Ninja and finally gave up on it. I'd recommend Topaz Lab's DeNoise, which will work with Aperature (it's a plug-in type program). I don't use Aperture myself, so you'd have to read how it works. I know with Lightroom there's a free program you also have to download to get it to work directly from LR (rather than having to go to Photoshop). Aperture may or may not be the same. It's a wonderful noise reduction program, better than Noise Ninja for me.
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I never got along well with Noise Ninja and finally gave up on it. I'd recommend Topaz Lab's DeNoise, which will work with Aperature (it's a plug-in type program). I don't use Aperture myself, so you'd have to read how it works. I know with Lightroom there's a free program you also have to download to get it to work directly from LR (rather than having to go to Photoshop). Aperture may or may not be the same. It's a wonderful noise reduction program, better than Noise Ninja for me.
Thanks I'll look into that.
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Actually, the Gimp does not handle raw files at all. ;-)

But, you can use the dcraw.c plugin with it, or use UFRaw with it (which can act as a stand alone converter or as plugin for the Gimp) so that the conversion from raw is done prior to loading the image into the Gimp's [currently 8 bit only] editor.

IOW, you've probably got one or the other installed (raw conversion plugin), as the Gimp by itself does not support raw files, and they'll need to be converted from raw before you can view/edit them using the Gimp.
They must be including the conversion tools by default, I have never installed any plugins for GIMP and it handles RAW/PEF/DNG just fine. Yeah it converts them, but the conversion part is the bit I recommend for the excellent noise reduction.
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Lately I'm a Lightroom convert. I'm getting great high iso stuff with it. Only it's not in so much an editing environment but more a photo-media-database thing.

The post processing in my last post http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...are-dance.html was done in Lightroom 3.2
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