RAW format for my camera is RW2. I used conversion of RW2 files into DNG to process it in Ps.
When previewing pictures in IRFAN VIEW I noticed that RW2 and DNG versions of the same picture (before any processing) are quite different. RW2 one is much sharper and with better collors than DNG.
Does anybody know why it is like that and if its better to use an external soft to work on RW2 files directly instead of converting them into DNG to process in Ps Camera Raw? Thanks for help!
IrfanView is showing you camera-processed image (embedded in the raw file by the camera), whereas ACR is showing you, well, ACR-processed image. You need to learn how to set up defaults and edit to please...
Edit: IrfanView is also showing you an embedded preview of the DNG, but it's the default rendering of ACR instead of camera.
All experienced ACR users can accomplish superior results than camera-jpeg. However, initial rendering needs some help, and also there is a psychological factor: you're used to the way the camera renders things, and so it seems more right...
Thank you Rob! You explained it very clearly! I am closing the subject, Thanx again! Marek