[Digikam-users] Color Management and RAW/NEF files

Goose gclaramunt at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 21:09:09 GMT 2009

As far as i know, a RAW picture is the camera sensor information "as is".
Usually cameras apply some adjustments to RAW picture (brightness, contrast,
saturation, white balance, sharpness, etc) to convert those raw bytes into
the JPEG preview or JPEG version of your photo.
If you open a RAW picture with software made by the camera's manufacturer,
same adjustments are done, so you see the "same" picture when you compare
the RAW and the JPEG.
Some other softwares handle a little database of raw formats and "default
adjustments" for them, trying to obtain the same result, but sometimes they
can't and is all left to you :).
It's like analog photography... the negative development can give you a
really cool photo or a "washedoutburnedcolorness" one... but the negative is
the same!.
You could tweak some params in "raw import tool" trying to get the best of
one RAW, and then use those settings as default when opening every other

Remember that almost every raw development software gives you slightly
different pictures from the same RAW file... some of them with HUGE
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