Pro Photography

Pro Photography

Edit RAW Images from Digital Cameras

Professional photographers typically use a Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) or an Electronic View Finder (EVF) camera. EVF cameras discard the traditional mirror and prism and are becoming increasingly popular. Regardless of the image source, a key feature desired by Pro photographers is the ability to work with RAW images.

Gimp

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Copy RAW Files

DolphinAll Focus systems have the exFAT libraries installed to read most camera cards. Many Focus models have a built-in card reader (XE GEN 1-2, M1, M2 GEN 1-2 and 4-5, NX GEN 1, Ir14 GEN 1); other models will require a USB adapter.

Safely remove the SD card from the camera. This procedure will vary by camera make and model, so please consult the camera user manual for exact instructions. For example, one may need to ensure a writing-to-card LED is off and turn off the camera before removing the card.

Insert the SD card into the card reader. Within a few seconds, an icon in the system tray should show the SD card is available. Either open the SD Card folder from the notification or open the Dolphin file manager and select the SD card directly in the bottom left pane.

System trayStorage notification

Although it is tempting, do not edit the images directly from the SD Card. This can lead to poor performance and data loss. Instead, copy the files to the fast internal drive.

File select SD Card

Split the view in the file manager by clicking the icon in the top right.

File manager split

In the right-hand pane, select or create (right-click) a directory where you can copy or move the files. In the screenshot, this is the _Work directory.

Drag images from the SD card (left side) to the local _Work directory. When prompted, select the option to copy. You may delete the files on the SD card later.

File manager split view

Edit with Darktable

DarktableDouble-click on the RAW image to open it in Darktable and edit as desired.

Darktable interface

Press <Tab> to toggle the toolbars. We suggest exploring the exposure and lens correction settings at a minimum. When finished, close Darktable to load the image into Gimp.

Darktable toggled tools

Edit with Gimp

GimpEdit the image as desired using Gimp as shown in Image Editing.

Gimp with toolbars

As with Darktable, press <Tab> to toggle toolbars in Gimp.

Gimp with toolbars

Troubleshooting

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Revisions

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Disclaimer

We try hard to provide a useful solution validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always backup your data and test the solution to determine the correct procedure for you.

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