Iphoto Raw Conversion?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by gamerz, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. gamerz macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006

    I've bought myself a D50, and since then everybody has been telling me to shoot raw. My first question is, can iphoto convert RAW photos into jpeg? Sorry if I am unclear, or confusing to understand, I don't know a great deal about RAW.

    Secondly, what are the advantages of RAW over jpeg?


    Eric D.
  2. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    In short, from an amateur who tried RAW and went back to jpg -- RAW has a lot more photo data, so you can better post process (like, bring back images in shadow, for example). You can post process a RAW on a more customized basis than a jpg, because RAW is not compressed. However, you'll eventually want to create a jpg, and that leads to the downside -- you HAVE to post-process RAW. And, at first, you'll be startled by the seeming lesser condition of the RAW compared to a JPG of the same picture. Just remember RAW is UNPROCESSED. So, you've got to do now what your camera would have done (e.g. sharpness, noise reduction, etc.). I decided (for me) I didn't have the time/desire.

    If you think image quality is really important for you, then don't be discouraged, take some time to learn how to use RAW, and as long as you don't mind putting in the effort, you might be able to get better pictures.

    iPhoto will convert RAW formats that OSX supports. There's more detail to that statement, but suffice it to say that Aperture or Lightroom will help you handle RAW much better than iPhoto. Ap and LR have much more advanced developing tools to do all the processing referenced above. If you aren't sure you want to pay for Ap or LR, you can download a free 30 day trial. I only use iPhoto, but when I was trying RAW, I trialed Ap and LR, and it was clear immediately the power they provide you when working with RAW.

    Good luck
  3. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    Hmm so, I just shot a shot by raw. I tried editing with iphoto, but after I click done, the edits are there, but it's still raw.
    Is it just suppose to be raw?

  4. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    So i tried exporting the raw file into jpeg with maximum quality.

    However when i do that. the exif data is gone.
    Am i doing something wrong?
  5. canonguy macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2009
    No. The jpeg is a new file generated by iphoto, not your camera...it doesn't have any exif.
  6. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    Hmm, how do I get it so I can upload to sites like flickr with the exif data?
  7. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    just because it's not from the camera doesn't mean there is no exif. typically, only certain actions strip exif data, like saving for web in Photoshop.
  8. canonguy macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2009
    I thought processing in iphoto was one of those instances... I never used the program, deleted it the same week I got the computer.

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