7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2012 10:03 AM by léonie
10sgal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Just bought a new "upscale" point and shoot.  Panasonic Lumix DMC-Fz200.

 

Shot a few test photos the other night of some Christmas lights using the "Star Filter" on the camera.  Checked the images in cam, and they appear to have this creative affect applied.

 

I imported images to Aperture (v. 3.4.3 and Digital Camera RAW 4.01) today on my MacBook Pro (10.8.2).  Images appear to have same "star filter" applied in the "Browser" selection.

 

Once I pull up each individual photo, however, using the "Viewer" profile, the photo says "loading" and then the special "star" filter (creative effect) is gone.

 

Is there an Aperture preset I'm not aware of that is processing these images without my altering them?

 

Does anyone have advice?

 

Thanks and Happy Holidays!


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,815 points)

    Shooting RAW I presume?  The RAW image from the camera will not have any of the camera settings or special features like this star filter.

     

    If you want to use those you will have to shoot JPG (or RAW+JPG) and use the JPG image.

  • 2. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    10sgal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Really?  Wow.  Well, I guess I'll do a few more tests and try that again.  I have never, ever used any kind of creative filters since I have a dSLR, shoot RAW, and just do my own post-processing.

     

    The star filter option in the new shmancy point-and-shoot was just too tempting with Christmas lights up and about!  I'll try to shoot RAW+JPG tonight and see if that works.

     

    Thanks for your feedback, Frank!  I'll let you know.

  • 3. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,815 points)

    Just remember if you shoot RAW+JPG you'll need to use the JPG version if you want the star filter effect. Use the RAW if you decide the star filter isn't want you want in the picture.

     

    regards

  • 4. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,915 points)

    Just in case it's not clear, RAW = sensor data.  JPG is an image file created by the in-camera computer by converting the RAW data to an image format and applying whatever in-camera effects were selected.

     

    When you record RAW you are using your camera as a data-gatherer.  When you shoot JPG you are using your camera as a image-making device.

  • 5. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    10sgal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks Kirby.  I understand the difference between RAW v. JPEG.  I guess I just expected the "filter" would somehow be imbedded in the info gathered/file created.  Faulty assumption!

     

    What you've said makes sense, and, as Frank suggested, I just needed to shoot RAW+JPG.  When I import into Aperture, I have to also select "JPG as Master."

     

    It's a multi-step process, and i guess this is what I usually just use the big ole Canon!

     

    Happy Holidays!

  • 6. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)

    Kirby Krieger wrote:

     

    When you shoot JPG you are using your camera as a image-making device.

     

    And critically: When one shoots JPG one uses the camera as an image-data-removal device. Even highest quality JPG removes a huge amount of image data that is then forever unavailable for post processing.

     

    -Allen

  • 7. Re: images appear different in camera than in aperture
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,655 points)

    When one shoots JPG one uses the camera as an image-data-removal device. Even highest quality JPG removes a huge amount of image data that is then forever unavailable for post processing.

    That is unfortunately true, but too pessimistic, Allen. Is the glass half full or half empty?

     

    You can use the camera to do the image processing without problema, if you have a great camera and are happy with the processing, and if you are sure that you will not need any additional photometric processing afterwards, like color correction, sharpening, retouching, or geometry corrections, like lens correction.

    Even a jpeg will suffice, if all you have to do afterwards, will be cropping or straightening the horizon.

     

    But right, Aperture's adjustments will not be as effective on jpegs as on raw images - too much of the photometric resolution is lost. Shoot jpeg only, if the camera jpeg will be the final version.