Not All the Same

Camera Raw, Lightroom and Capture One: RAW file comparison.

I used the three programs; Camera Raw, Lightroom and Capture One, to contrast and compare the results and experiences of using three different RAW file processing programs. Using two different RAW file images, the three programs were used to change the white balance, highlights, shadows, mid-tones and capture sharpening of both images.

Camera Raw:

Using this program in class provided the essential base line program to process RAW files. It was simple to import them, as they generally automatically open within Camera Raw and the tools were easy to navigate. I prefer the histogram in Camera Raw in comparison to Capture One’s histogram – as it shows the RGB levels in a much clearer way, and it is easier to track changes made within the image.

Capture One:

I found correcting the white balance and locating and importing images from the desktop, the easiest with Capture One, however, overall found it the most difficult program to use. Opening the image full screen was the first issue I had (I am blonde), and therefore worked on a much smaller scale. I preferred the darker background to Camera Raw, as it showed the white levels of the image much more clearly, and the highlighted tools were easy to locate. I did not like the curve adjustment tool on Capture One and also found that saving/exporting the image was not as simple as Lightroom.

Lightroom:

I found this program to be best suited to processing RAW images in the future. Importing multiple images from various locations was simple and I liked how they were automatically saved to the library. The histogram was larger and longer than the one on Camera Raw and also showed in detail the various colours within the image, which I liked. The best feature, in comparison to the other two programs, was the curves adjustment. It showed which area of the image would be changed (shadows, darks and light) from the adjustments made and the images seemed to be much clearer and sharper than in the other programs.

Camera Raw:

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Capture One:

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Lightroom:

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