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Photobook Software and RAW

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Jan 14, 2011 15:44 |  #1

I'm trying to create a photobook on an online site.

Whenever I download their software, they only support JPG, etc. No RAW. I would like to be able to just drag my RAW images into the software instead of converting it first, since I keep them all in RAW.

Are there any that support RAW?

Or is there a better workflow to creating photobooks? I find that my current workflow isn't very good. I go through, pick some pictures, convert to JPG and put it into the software. If I don't like the images or want more, I have to go back and pick more, convert, etc. I wish I could just drag and drop.

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Jan 14, 2011 16:05 |  #2

I doubt any place like this will support raw files - jpeg will be the norm, with some maybe accepting tif files?


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Jan 14, 2011 16:55 |  #3

Most people who shoot RAW do so in order to maximize their involvement in and control over the editing and rendering of their images. That being the case, not many of them would be willing to just dump their files into some simplistic software and accept an automatic conversion no matter how it comes out. RAW requires an investment of time, thought and self.

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Jan 14, 2011 17:16 |  #4

You don't say what Raw processing software you are using -- DPP?

If so, it's a pretty quick and easy to get a nicely polished jpeg converted so you can quickly go from there to your printing software. If you Convert and Save to a folder specific for the job, then you can just drag and drop them all when you are done.

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Jan 15, 2011 19:29 |  #5

While I am by no means an expert / Professional photographer, it is my opinion that creation of a photobook should done using your absolute 'best' work. To that point, conversion of your RAW photographs to JPG, as others have said, will allow you to ensure the absolute maximum quality and rendering for each image!

Lately, there have been times when I shoot RAW and the images are purposely overexposed or underexposed, to allow for post-processing creativity.

Good luck with your project and share the final output (or a glimpse into it) once you are done. :D

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Jan 16, 2011 11:36 |  #6

First remember what a raw file is -- its the data from the sensor.
Until its converted it's not even a viewable image, it has only red, green and blue pixel luminance data.

All book publishing requires taking an image and applying an ICC profile that converts the image to useful information for the printing press. JPG is the simplest standard digital image format and one that can be used as input for book pre-press conversion.

As said by another, you put your best images in a book. Spend time selecting the best, then process them in appropriate software and output to JPG, or whatever format the printer needs.

If you're using Blurb, for example, sRGB is the speced profile and you need the image to be about 300 pixels per inch for the size the image will be printed in the book. Thus, if an image will be 12 inches in the book it has to be at least 3600 pixels.

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