Episode 011: RAW converting with UFRaw

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Edit: Episode 76 covers some new aspects of UFRaw and corrects some mistakes. Look at it too!

RAW conversion was a thing a lot of you wanted to know something about. And in this show I tell you how to use the program UFRaw to get RAW images into the Gimp. My job was coming a bit into the way – I had to build the schedule for my school. So this show contains some ‘should be’ outtakes and perhaps I have overlooked some stuff. Please feel free to ask – I will be glad to answer all your questions in a follow up show.

Some links:

The UFRaw home page.

A lot of camera profiles.


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30 thoughts on “Episode 011: RAW converting with UFRaw

  1. Fantastic video podcasts.
    I have just found, downloaded and watched all 11.
    Your presentation is excellent and done in a friendly manner.
    In my opinion, you should not change anything.
    As long as you make them available, we will watch them.
    Please continue and thank you.

  2. Rolf – I frequently see discussions on the Gimp-lists where someone says …

    Gimp is only 8-bit, Photoshop and CinePaint are 12 or 16 bit … this makes Gimp unsuitable for print photographs and/or professional use….

    but Gimp will have 16 bit in version 2.6 ya-da-ya-da….

    could you address this in one of your videos? It seems that the current coverage of UFRaw might make this the appropriate place?

  3. Alec – it is in the works for the next show. Thanks for reminding me on that part of the discussion – I planned to cover bit depth and image compression on the camera side and up to the Gimp. But I’ll try to include the printing stuff too. Don’t know much about it….. 😉

  4. Thank you for showing us UFRaw. I immediately downloaded the stand alone version for windows and found it to be an excellent program. I plan on getting the plug in for Gimp on my Fedora 7 (Linux) machine. I’m curious, what Linux version are you using?

  5. Thank you very much for this podcast on UFRaw. I’ve been using UFRaw for quite some time and never taken the time to look into the color profiles. I’ve got a D50 and downloaded the profile for it and it really pumps up the saturation and looks much nicer than I’ve been getting out. All of the photos on my daily photoblog are edited in the Gimp and UFRaw running off of a USB key in Win2k. Thanks again!

  6. I just found your videocast the other day and have since downloaded and learnt a lot from your excellent teaching. The pace is just right and you are very intuitive and never boring. Looking forward to your next show.
    I was just wondering if you were aware of two other RAW-converters for Linux:
    Lightzone seems to have gone the commercial way lately, but still has the v2 free for linux here.

    There is also Rawstudio, but I haven’t tried that yet.

    I must say that you have gotten me hooked on RAW, and I now get better results (with UFRaw mistly) when combining exposures for sky and ground in landscapes.

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Thank you Rolf for the profile. Should I use it only with ADOBE RGB or
    could I also use it with sRGB-pictures ?
    You have a fantastic good site. I will read it every day.
    Thanks !

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  10. Thanks a lot, Your tutorials are explanatory and easy to follow, please continue. I’ve used Ufraw for some mounths but couldn’t understand the full potential of the program due to not having specified a ICC-profile – at the same time discovering the extend use of GIMP.

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  12. Hi Rolf, I was just watching this episode (I started from the first), but I stop wathing it due to an Icc issue profile. I browse the web for a lot but I didn’t find an Icc profile for my Nikon D40, does it exists? I also read about some cameras that have the icc-profile inside the raw format…I was wrong?

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  14. I’m just starting with GIMP, but I am hooked already, I really like your podcast as I am more of a visual learner. Anyway mt question is how do you load the lens profiles, and where do you get them from? I was able to load the camera profile for my camera, but I can’t figure out how to get the lens profiles loaded, or even how to get the lens correction tab to show. Thank you and keep up the good work.

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  16. I’ve been hooked on Bert Monroy’s ‘PixelPerfect’ podcasts for a while, but can’t afford PhotoShop so I was very glad to find your podcasts using GIMP.
    This episode and the next were great for explaining how digital cameras work, why sensor size is important, etc. Thank you very much!

    My question is how did you get the blackboard and chalk textures? Is there something in the GIMP that does that? It made for a very entertaining presentation as you made different layers visible.

    I’ve viewed the first 13 episodes. I know I have much more to learn from your podcasts.

    Thanks again!

    Richard J.

  17. If you like Pixel Perfect, you should look out for Philippe’s videos here. He loves that too – and tries to make all the stuff there in GIMP.

    The blackboard was one of the patterns in GIMP with added blur. I tinkered a while to get the look right, but can’t recall. The chalk is one of the “pencil stroke” brushes with reduced opacity.

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