5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2012 9:52 AM by Aye Es Oh
Eve Thibaudeau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I shoot in RAW. When I import pictures from my camera, the previews look fine (camera settings kept). Once I click on a file to open the picture, however, the camera settings seem to be lost--for example, pictures taken in black and white appear in color. I can't seem to find a way to revert to the original settings.

Is there any way to keep the shooting settings in the picture that Aperture displays and saves?

  • 1. Re: Involuntary conversion
    Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)

    Basically, the answer is No.  With Aperture 3.3 and later, we for the first time are initially shown the Preview from the memory card that the camera creates.  Then once any image selected to be displayed in the Viewer, Aperture generates it own Preview and removes the one from the camera.  In earlier versions of Aperture we never saw this at all, but instead Aperture spent time, if set to do so in the Preferences, generating all the Previews at the time of Import.


    Use of the camera Preview can still be turned off in Preferences, but this does not change the the ulitmate results of Aperture's Preview.  Aperture does not capture any settings from the camera in an image shot in RAW.



  • 2. Re: Involuntary conversion
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,915 points)

    If you prefer the Preview you see briefly in Aperture, record JPEG files.  You can record RAW+JPEG and import them as pairs with JPG set to Master (Original?).  If you like the JPEG, great.  If you want the RAW to manipulate, it's there.


    RAW is, always was, and will be sensor data.  No RAW converter will show you a grayscale image (possible exeption: the Leica M).

  • 3. Re: Involuntary conversion
    Aye Es Oh Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    Just note that if you do use the JPEG, you're going to have less flexibility in adjusting the image, since JPEGs eliminate a lot of the visual data that RAW files have.

  • 4. Re: Involuntary conversion
    Eve Thibaudeau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know, that's why I usually use the RAW format...

    I just wish I could sometimes stick to the original shot settings, for those times when the picture looks perfect as is -- it's a pain to have to manipulate the image to return to the initial camera settings.

  • 5. Re: Involuntary conversion
    Aye Es Oh Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    If you find yourself using the same adjustments over and over again to get the image back to the way you prefer, you can save out a Preset (or Effect, rather) that will save the settings you use.


    Just apply your usual adjustments, and only those adjustments, then go to the Effects menu inside the Adjustments inspector, and select "Save as Effect..."