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How to edit Raw image file

Aug 13, 2013, 13:03
Post: #1
How to edit Raw image file
Hi,
I am new to Gimp and I wonder if anyone could guide me how to edit DSLR Raw images in Gimp? Do we need some plugins if so, which one and from where I can get?
Any other information will be helpful.
Thank you
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Aug 13, 2013, 14:59
Post: #2
RE: How to edit Raw image file
Hi,

Thank you very much for honest opinion.
After reading GIMP.2.8.for.Photographers. By Klaus Goelker I was confused but thanks to your nice reply.

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(Aug 13, 2013 14:53)ofnuts Wrote:  There are plugins (UFRaw), some slightly out of date (and so won't support recent cameras). IMHO you have better use a distinct application to extract a good image from your raw file, and save it as a high-quality JPEG that you further process in Gimp. This allows you to use the raw processor of you choice, including the one from the camera manufacturer which is often the best choice. If you use raw files for the right reasons (*), you are going to spend some very significant time producing this intermediate image(**) and you definitely want to save it anyway.

(*) Ie., not "Look, I use raw files like pros do!" (many pros don't)

(**) remember that current Gimp versions work in 8-bit/channel, which means that color/contrast editing quickly degrades the picture. So all this should be done in the raw processor (which works in 16-bit mode or better).
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Aug 14, 2013, 12:27
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RE: How to edit Raw image file
Hi, thank you for reply and details.
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