I need help processing RAW images (now that I've got hundreds). These are .CR2 from both Canon EOS T4i and PowerShot G12.
Many guides I find on the Internet speak only of non-camera-brand software, like Lightroom (Lr) and PhotoShop (Ps). Before installing these, the only software I had that would read RAW images was Canon DPP (Digital Photo Professional). Not even Ps supports RAW out of the box. And my faithful GIMP doesn't know RAW.
They also speak of "zero-out" the RAW image file. I've got several issues with that. How do you apply absolutely no White Balance (WB) at all? My camera, Canon EOS T4i / 650D always applies some form of WB, as does DPP. What is "No White Balance", does it exist, and what temperature is it, and how do I apply it? The T4i also applies a Picture Style, as does DPP, although Faithful is zeroed out. I know (or at least I think I know) that WB and Picture Style are not applied to RAW images. But then they are applied anyway in DPP, and for as much as I know, in Lr as well. (I think I'm running Lr 4.4). How can you get software to no apply anything and know for sure?
I'm currently fighting to get Adobe Camera Raw plug-in setup with Ps in order to open RAW images. I'll have to get back to you guys on that progress.
But, DPP applies the JPG settings to RAW images by default. I don't know what Lightroom does, but it has a "Reset" button.
How does one really know if they've got the raw RAW?