Edit RAW in (or via) iPhoto

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by basbr, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. basbr macrumors member

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    #1
    What I understand from reading the forum is that iPhoto 6 supports RAW for importing (and viewing?) without changing it to JPEG. But when you edit the photo (exposure, brightness, etc.) iPhoto automatically creates a JPEG duplicate. Did I get it right?

    Why then would you work with RAW? I mean, RAW files edit much better than JPEGs, so when iPhoto creates a JPEG all advantages are gone...

    I read this can be solved by using another program for editing (an iPhoto 6 feauture), but then you're not able to just hit "Done" and get the edited RAW back in iPhoto.

    Any chance that iPhoto 7 will be able to actually edit in the RAW format?
     
  2. 66217 Guest

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    You'll be much happier if you buy Aperture.

    iPhoto is quite a bad program for editing.:(
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Nothing can edit RAW. Not even Aperture or Lightroom (I have Aperture). RAW is just the raw sensor data. To make any sort of usable picture from a RAW image it needs to be demosaiced and interpreted. Things like Aperture do this live and in "real-time" so adjustments made to the decode are taken straight from the RAW image. All non-decode adjustments are then made in a full floating-point space to ensure maximum data retention.
     

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