Top 6 RAW Processing Tools
When a digital camera captures an image, image sensors
in the camera record the light from millions of sensing area. The
camera's digital circuitry converts the generated analog voltage signal
into a digital representation. Many cameras allow these images to be
stored in a raw image file. They are similar to digital negatives, as
they have the same role as negatives in film photography.
RAW files are not directly usable, but have all the
necessary information to create an image. RAW files usually offer
higher color depth, higher dynamic range, and preserve most of the
information of the image compared with the final image format. The
downside of RAW files is that they take up far more storage space.
Dynamic range in photography describes the ratio between the maximum
and minimum measurable light intensities (white and black,
As implied by the name, RAW files have not been processed. By
taking pictures in raw format the photographer is not commiting to the
conversion software that is built into the firmware of the camera.
Instead, the individual can store the raw files, and make use of
computer software to generate better JPEG files, and also benefit from
future improvements in image software.
There is a good range of open source Linux software that
processes RAW files.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that
is available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality RAW processing
tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for
anyone who has a passion for digital photography.
Now, let's explore the 6 RAW processing tools at
hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of
the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and
|RAW Processing Tools
||Virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers
oriented photo retouching software and camera raw image developer
||RAW image converter
image processing application
||Standalone tool to import RAW data from high-end
processor for RAW and Bitmap images
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Last Updated Tuesday, November 06 2012 @ 04:27 PM EST