Windows 10: Viewing RAW files in Windows Photos

  1.    29 Jun 2018 #1

    Viewing RAW files in Windows Photos


    I'm an amateur photographer and I shoot all my images in RAW. When viewing them via Photos it loads the image but then changes after a few seconds. The brightness, contrast, and colours will change. I don't want it doing this, not only does it slow down browsing left/right between images I want to see my images natural how I took them for post processing.

    I have read about an auto enhancement "feature" that's enabled by default but the option is no longer there. But curiously when I open the image after I save it to JPG it doesn't seem to change anything, and simply opens them how it should.

    Why is it changing just my raw files? Is there some way it deals with these differently?

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  2.    29 Jun 2018 #2

    Welcome to the forum's. The problem with raw files they are not all the same format each camera maker uses a different format so photos may not understand them. To use raw files to the maximum potential you need to use the makers software that is free on their website
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  3.    30 Jun 2018 #3

    Windows 10 has built in RAW codec support for many cameras. You might need to download a codec from your camera manufacturer's web site if you have a new camera. Photos works fine for a quick look at Lumix RAW images I use. However, you really need to use a viewing program providing a properly colour matched workflow - I use Lightroom.
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  4.    30 Jun 2018 #4

    I didn't realise RAW files need a codec to load, I did have to download something similar so they could be imported into my editing software which worked fine. I found some kind of camera codecs on the Canon website but when I selected the camera and operating system it typically says it "isn't supported".

    But then after looking into it a bit more and ignoring the dodgy sites I found this : but there (again, typically) isn't a version for Windows 10 - how predictable. I think there's third party codecs but I'm always weary about these.

    I'll continue to look into this when I get a bit more time..

    Thanks for your responses, though.
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