[Digikam-users] RAW workflow & digikam

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 20:13:05 BST 2008

Personally, i never shot RAW + JPG. Only RAW as well.

With 0.9.5 (current implementation), to import RAW in editor, you have 2 way :

1/ full automatized (default). You click on RAW, it's open as JPEG,
but image is loaded in editor in 16 bits color depth, not 8 bits (as
Gimp for ex.). With 16 bits color depth you don't loose quality and
you use the best workflow to fix your image.

2/ With the new RAWImport tool, it more easy now to customize settings
before to load RAW in editor.

Look my descriptions in my blog entries :


90% of my changes/fixes are done is RAW image in editor, the rest in
krita. I never use gimp ! too complex to handle, do not support 16
bits color depth, do not preserve all metadata, etc... All changes are
saved in PNG which compress lossless and preserve all metadata (Exif,
Makernotes, GPS, IPTC, XMP)

In my computer, i never store JPEG, only RAW as digital negative and
PNG as transitional image. When i want to publish or print final
images, i just need to batch convert to JPEG.

Later we will implement versionning...


Gilles Caulier

2008/8/25 Dick Angus <RJA-Linux at shaw.ca>:
> On Monday 25 August 2008 10:06:34 am Sebastian Schubert wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm just a newbie and would like to get some idea for a good workflow.
>> I want to shoot RAW files.  My idea:
>> 1) download files to a backup folder
>> 2) copy them to another folder, scan through it, delete bad ones and
>> keep the others
>> 3) produce jpg from the files in 2)
>> 4) tag and sort results from 3)
>> after some time
>> 5) delete files in 1)
>> What do you think?  What would be the most efficient way to do that?  I
>> want -- of course -- have the final results in digikam.  Is an extra,
>> external raw converter a good idea?  To be honest, atm I'm quite
>> overwhelmed by all the sliders and stuff in these programs.
>> Is there a way to tag the raw files I want to keep (step 2) and the
>> final jpgs?
>> Thanks for any ideas!  Also if you know any tutorials, I am eager to
>> read them.
>> Sebastian
>> PS: Thanks for your work on digikam.
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> At point 3) I would keep my selection of photos (after cleaning out the bad
> photos) in .png. Then convert to a  jpeg copy as needed. That way if you want
> to do some cropping or adjusting later you haven't lost anything in the jpeg
> compression
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