Using Camera RAW With Older Software

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Before we get too deep into the problem, let’s touch on a few reasons you should be shooting in camera RAW.

5 reasons you should be shooting in RAW

  1. It provides the highest level of quality.
  2. You can easily correct drastically under/over exposed images.
  3. Adjusting white balance is quick and easy.
  4. Experience non-destructive editing (you can essentially revert back to the original file if you make edits you don’t like and want to start over)
  5. It’s a much more efficient workflow.

Now, The Problem

About a year ago I picked up photography, and it’s a beautiful thing. There are so many different ways you can express yourself and your creativity through the art of photography. In the process of learning more about my camera, file formats, and editing software, I came across a problem. When shooting in RAW I couldn’t seem to edit my photos in Lightroom or Photoshop, which is a huge problem. Every time I tried to open up my files in Photoshop I’d get the below message.

When opening in Lightroom this happen:

On the surface, it looks like all I had to do was update my camera RAW settings. Seems easy enough, right?

Well it was easier said than done. Just so you know, I’m currently working in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6, and everything I did to update the RAW settings didn’t seem to work. I continued my research and found out the problem is that older softwares don’t play nice with newer cameras. So after a long, annoying process, I found a work around that gets the job done. It adds a step to your workflow, but once you get use to it, it really isn’t that bad.

Finally, The Solution

If you don’t want to download the latest software, the solution is rather easy and free. First, you need to download this software. What it does is converts your .CR2 files to .DNG files. It’s straight from Adobe, so it’s 100% legit. A .DNG file is a RAW image format written by Adobe and it allows you to edit your files as RAW files just as you would originally. Like I said, it just adds one little step. So try this out and let me know what you think. If you have any questions about it or about my workflow please feel free to shoot me an email or reach out via Instagram or Twitter.