Is iPhoto a true RAW editor?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by GregPQ, May 16, 2010.

  1. GregPQ macrumors regular

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    I just got my MacBook Pro last week and am learning how to use iPhoto. I posted a photo in the POTD.

    I believe I was able to edit a RAW file from my Nikon D60 in iPhoto. I wasn't aware of this feature in iPhoto, and wonder why I haven't heard more about it.

    Am I missing something? Is iPhoto really a free RAW editor?

    Thanks,
    Greg
     
  2. toxic macrumors 68000

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    it can edit RAWs, but it wasn't intended to do any relatively advanced editing. in that sense, it's not a "true" RAW editor.
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    If iPhoto can edit RAW, then it is a true RAW editor. The test is can it edit the format(s), not the length of the list of available tools.
     
  4. carlgo macrumors 68000

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    I had the same experience. When I started to shoot RAW I figured I'd have to get a high-end editing program. I was happily surprised to find that iPhoto is very good at doing the basic things in RAW.

    I go to Elements and PTLens when I need more controls or have to deal with perspective.
     
  5. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Even though iPhoto can display RAW files and offers (very) basic tools to edit them, you will only be able to touch the surface of what you can do with RAW files. IMO it's not worth shooting RAW when you want to use iPhoto.

    To use the potential you have with RAW files, you need software like Aperture or Lightroom.
     
  6. GregPQ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really appreciate the feedback here. I'm still enjoying all the free stuff that ships with Snow Leopard, hence my fascination with iPhoto. I used to use Elements on my 10" eeePC, so I'm really living large with a 13" MBP!

    I think of Elements as a beginner's next step beyond iPhoto. So at some point I may get it, and it's pretty inexpensive. Aperture may be overkill for my skill level. http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9915896

    Greg
     
  7. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I would caution you a little of thinking of iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom as software you use instead of, say, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. The first three pieces of software are primarily tools to organize your pictures. Aperture and Lightroom also include tools that allow you to do most of the edits without having to launch Photoshop. Because of the non-destructiveness and the tight integration, they save tons of work and give you creative freedom that you haven't had before.

    This may sound like a subtlety, but in fact, the difference is huge.
     

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