Posted 2/28/2021 on the front page. Surprisingly positive considering the source. WS's shortcomings were noted, and it didn't really "beat" ACR, but I think we m43s users are sometimes too hard on Workspace.
The main reason I do not use WS is because it does not offer ProPhotoRGB as a colour space.
Also, back in the day, it did not save the EXIF data when saving as TIFF-16. I always use a PPRGB-16 workspace, except when editing JPEGs.
For the same reasons as in LR/ACR. First is color accuracy for a specific camera body. The second is the HUGE creative control that adds to how the images are processed.
Glen, a raw file doesn't have a colour space until you assign one to it. I'm sure you already knew this.Isn't color accuracy built into Workspace? My understanding is, that is why people would want to use the software produced by the camera manufacturer.
And can you elaborate how it enhances creative control?
Yes, this is confusing, at least to me, someone who hasn't really paid too much attention to color profiling and printing. I mean, I've always been able to get a good print (matching closely what I see on my monitor) without resorting to those color spider thingies you hang in front of your monitor, or paying any attention to the profile I am using with the printer.
But, especially since I've been working with hi-res, it does seem that the whole point of that is to get the best image you can. So I do hi-res and then use OWS instead of RawTherapee because I got better results with OWS (just for hi-res; NOT for regular res RAW images). (I'm not interested in using any of Adobe's products.)
But it would be helpful if someone ( @John King - hint, hint ) could give a brief explanation. For example, here is Rawtherapee's color option panel before using the pulldowns for "Working Profile" and "Output Profile", showing the defaults:
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If you pull-down the "Working Profile" you get a bunch of selections, including "ProPhoto" (the default), "Adobe RGB", and "sRGB". So which would be the best one to choose here?
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Finally, if you pull-down the "Output Profile" you get a LARGE number of selections, including a bunch labelled with the name of my printer:
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So which of those would be good? The default seems to be "RTv4_sRGB" - are we saying that I should choose a different one? What about all those printer ones, perhaps picking the type of paper I will be using? (This setting seems to be obviously a PRINTER setting, but I could be wrong).
I realize that people might not be familiar with RT, but surely the settings in this area are similar in concept to this thread's discussion (i.e. Working profile and Output profile). I have always assumed that if I chose a 16-bit TIF as my output, color would take care of itself, but now it seems that this is incorrect. Or does it only matter if you are going to PRINT something that this matters and for regular TIF use (eventually to be edited with an editor and saved, sometimes to jpg) it doesn't matter after all?
Inquiring minds want to know...