Maverick55 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2006, 21 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
When I open my shots in my RAW converter, the standard one that comes with Canon SLRs, Digital Photo Professional I think its called, my shots look really sharp. However when I convert them and open them as Jpegs they seem less sharp, not really soft just not as sharp as they looked in RAW. Does anyone know why this is and what I can do to maintain that level of sharpness when I convert them?
Klintrepid From United States of America, joined May 2005, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5294 times:
I have always thought that RAWs look softer due to in-camera settings. When you shoot jpeg they are sharpened a little bit in the camera. RAW is the actual image like a negative, for some reason the RAW is softer. (this is what I experienced so maybe its just me)
CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5270 times:
Quoting Klintrepid (Reply 2): I have always thought that RAWs look softer due to in-camera settings.
Close, but it's the other way around. It depends on the default settings for your RAW editing software. Every time you open a RAW file it has to be processed - the software can either read the settings your camera embedded in the file (which is what the proprietary software such as Capture NX does) or can apply its own default settings (like ACR does).
Quoting Maverick55 (Thread starter): However when I convert them and open them as Jpegs they seem less sharp, not really soft just not as sharp as they looked in RAW.
Like Cpd said, it's probably JPG compression. If your software allows it, set compression to the highest quality setting or lowest compression setting.