I remember starting out with my first DSLR and learning what a raw file was. Someone told me I could push and pull a file every which way if I shot raw instead of JPEG. You had better believe I tested that theory. Some horrible manipulations resulted from those experiments. I was using JASC PaintShop Pro at the time. Then I moved to Camera Raw and finally into Lightroom. I dabbled in Capture One but never really put much time into learning the interface. All these programs and the multitude that have been released since digital cameras started capturing raw files have their own way of interpreting and processing the files you feed them, but just what goes into those differences and why do they exist?
In this video, Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography shares some insights gleaned from a conversation with the folks at Capture One about how they approach raw processing. He discusses a few different points that help us to understand the differences in the way that different raw processing software renders files. In his usual part-technical, part-artistic approach to explaining topics, Forbes gives us a way to look at two of the industry's most used and most debated pieces of software: Capture One and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
After watching the video below, which of the renderings do you prefer right out of the box?