Photo Ninja is a new raw software processor from Picturecode - makers of Noise Ninja. There has been quite a lot of reviews about it saying just how good it is at raw conversion. Lets get one thing straight raw conversion software typically comes in two parts (1) raw conversion itself and (2) workflow which includes many add-ons such DAM, publishing, printing, external editing integration etc. Photo Ninja is a very basic raw converter (v.1.0) it doesnt even have batch processing let alone all the fancy add-ons. But I thought I would give it a try in any case. I think LR has the best workflow but I have never particularly liked its RAW conversion. So 6 weeks ago I gave it a trial. To be honest there were somethings I liked about the results and others I didnt. I didnt really get all the hype but I decided to buy it because I was impressed with the way it could bring back highlights especially blown highlights far better than LR or DXO. Here are 2 examples.... LR -100 highlights Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Photo Ninja Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) LR -100 highlights Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Photo Ninja Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Hopefully that point is fairly obvious. So what didnt I like? Well colors for a start. Photo Ninja seemed to produced rather saturated colors and poor skin tones. Anyway that was then. Six weeks later I now know the software better. I have found that that the default presets for colors are pretty aggressive and have adjusted them. I have got to know the details slider better. And now it just seems to do a much better job of pretty much any photo. Now anyone who uses it obviously thinks it is pretty good or they wouldnt be using it in the first place. But is it really as good as it seems?