From my remembering, this happens when highlight priority is turned on, so camera essentially underexposes picture by 1 stop to have more highlight headroom, and ACR doesn't handle this.I think there are two solutions (or combination) for this
- move exposure slider to +1EV, but since this trimms off highlight headroom on the raw, you may have to use recovery slider also, in case you have some blown highlights after adjusting exposure slider
- move brightness slider from default value (+50) to the right
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Don't have PSE here, but ACR applies the "Adobe Standard" camera profile per default. Did you ever try to switch to "Camera Standard"? I noticed this makes a huge difference on some NEF and lightens the test 7D RAW I have here as well a bit:
DPP/ACR w. Adobe Standard
DPP/ACR w. Camera Standard
Thank you for your response. "Camera Standard" does make a slight difference in the raw converter - maybe 1/2 stop. However, not up to DPP's rendering of the thumbnails and in the editor.
Thank you for your response. In my testing, highlight tone priority is turned off, as I never use it. The issue is that PSE/ACR doesn't display 7D raw thumbnails in the organizer nor the raw image in the editor with with the correct exposure. DPP does both correct, so the issue is with the combination of PSE and ACR.
A friend suggested LR3, which is what he uses to convert his 7D images (they display with the correct exposure). I hate to have to throw a couple hundred dollars more at the problem, but, I am rather anal and cannot accept software that doesn't perform correctly.
For in-camera JPEGs and default DPP renderings, the camera applies auto lighting optimizer & a different tone curve to the images by default than ACR. This is neither good nor bad, just a different choice.
If you prefer your 7D images brighter like this when processing in ACR, just increase the Exposure and/or Brightness slider, and save that as your default. Then you won't have to adjust again in future.
Have had the same problem since I bought my 7d a few months ago.
Yes you can set the exposure to +1 on the set up, which is what you end up doing anyway, but you shouldnt have to start adding noise to the pictures from the word go. It's really anoying since the DPP software has a much better rendition of the RAW files but does not have the same level of editing tools as ACR.
It would be nice if someone (adobe) acknowledge the problem and came up with a solution.