Dear fellow FOSS and photography enthusiasts,
just like you, I want my pictures to be vibrant and rich. I recently bought a 90D, and was looking forward to play around with some RAW shots. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that my version of RawTherapee would not read the new .CR3 format. Weeks of attempting to install DPP4 with wine later, I ended up installing the latest version of RawTherapee, Another RawTherapee, and built Darktable - all of which should have CR3 support. The results have been less than satisfactory.
When opening my CR3s (shot in RAW + JPEG mode), I noticed that some images really did not look like the JPG equivalent. More on that later.
The no-headache solution was to simply use Adobe’s DNG converter to handle the .CR3 interpretation business, and produce a generally readable format, .dng. Great! I’m a pro at wine at this point, so this seems like a walk in the park. It turns out that the DNG files still look off in RAW editing. At this point I just need someone to explain this mess to me:
why can I not reproduce my camera’s JPEGs with the RAW files?
I’ll start showing what I’m used to, with the CR2 format. I’ll be using XnView, a color managed image previewer.
- Screenshot of the .CR2 with XnView.
- Output of RawTherapee of .CR2 with auto-matched camera profile.
- Output of RawTherapee of .dng with auto-matched camera profile.
This doesn’t look too bad, I recognize the same colors everywhere, although the purples seem to go a bit deeper with RAW. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but ok. I am convinced here that I have all the information I need when RAW editing. Moving on to CR3.
[I am only allowed to post 4 images, so keep reading in the comments]
RawTherapee 5.8 which should have CR3 support.
DarkTable following these instructions.