I initially had the issue with Photoshop CS5 not being able to recognize RAW files from my Nikon D800. I managed to sort-it-out by installing the RAW Plug in 6.7 hense now CS5 opens up the RAW files from D800.
However, now I'm faced with the different issue. I see a significant drop of image quality when RAW s are opened in CS5. The images looking stunning with in D800 display screen looks very dull and flat when opened in CS5. No where close to the brillient colors shown in the D800 preview. Has anyone expirenced this, please?
I'd really appreciate you input to sort the issue out.
Many thanks in advance
You need to use correct color profiles.When you open your photo in acr, set it to adobe RGB or Prophoto RGB. I'm too lazy to explain all, but just google "color profiles" and read up on it, because this is really basic stuff.
Nikon D800 RAW wrote:
I see a significant drop of image quality when RAW s are opened in CS5. The images looking stunning with in D800 display screen looks very dull and flat when opened in CS5. No where close to the brillient colors shown in the D800 preview. Has anyone expirenced this, please?
The image you see in the display screen of the camera is a jpeg image (cameras can not display raw image).
And yes this is a common problem, as the raw image is just that, raw. You have to adjust your settings in ACR to reflect your tastes and then set that as the default setting.
This website may help you get your settings correct. http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/cr-auto.shtml
RAW files do not have a color space associated with them. It's only when you create JPG or TIFF files that the RAW data is converted to a color space. When you open a NEF in ACR, apply whatever adjustments you want, then pass it along to Photoshop, the color space conversion that you select at the bottom of the screen is applied to the exported file.
It's probably worth saying that the Photoshop defaults are not likely to match the in-camera color (though you can make them very close if you use the right camera profile during the conversion and tweak the sliders).
Thanks for the replys.
I'm aware of the quality of the RAW file in CS5 when its opened for the first time (before processing) as I used Nikon D5000 bofore the D800. But I havent expirence this level of quality drop with the RAW file coming from D5000. Thats the very reson I posted the question.
I'll try the options given by you and get-back.
Another thing to consider is the in appears ACR for D800 is not ready yet until the next dot release of ACR7. Which would require CS6 or converting to a DNG format.
Here is previous post that discusses this. http://forums.adobe.com/thread/987252?tstart=30
"significant drop of image quality" appears to be a mere profile issue — easily proven if Assigning the correct profile pops the quality back
try this: Open your degaded file in Photoshop:
Edit> Assign Profile: sRGB
Edit> Assign Profile: Adobe RGB
Edit> Assign Profile: Apple RGB
Edit> Assign Profile: ProPhoto RGB
Edit> Assign Profile: Monitor Profile
Possibly setting your Color Management Polices like this (Edit> Color Settings) would close the back door on this problem
You may want to use Nikon's own View NX2 program, which is a free download, to do your RAW conversions in the meantime. You can create a 16 bit image in any ICC profile, and read that into Photoshop.