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    Well, I usually have some poorly composed, some blurry, some wrongly exposed shots, and if it is sports or street photography, it can be a lot of junk.

    As to the synchronized comparison, that’s a good point. For me, using 2 instances of FRV is comfortable, but I can see what you mean. You should try contacting the FRV developers through their site to let them know you need this feature, they’ve been pretty good about reacting to customer demands.

    Ezra Morley

    Good idea! The one thing that I really have an issue with in FastStone is that when you’re comparing photos, and you delete one, the program just removes the picture, but keeps it’s place. I want it to “dynamically” resize the windows to fit after I delete/remove one of them. See screenshot.

    Ezra Morley

    I guess it’s been about exactly a year since the last post on this thread! I’ve used Fast Stone Image Viewer for probably 95% of all my photo viewing, and I’m still happy with it!

    However, I have a problem with it now… I upgraded from my Canon Rebel T3, to a Pentax K-5 DSLR, which shoots RAW files in either .PEF, or .DNG format. Lightroom seems to have a bit of an issue with Pentax’s .PEF files, so I’ve been shooting in the .DNG format. The problem is this: Pentax .DNG files are already so large, (20-30 MB each) that they implement some extremely high jpeg compression for the built in previews. Now this would not be a problem if FastStone read the data from the RAW file. But, unfortunately, it views the jpeg preview, which is so highly compressed that it is almost worthless for judging critical sharpness at 100% zoom. Now, I can set it to preview the actual RAW data, but that slows it down so much (3-8 seconds between photos) that it’s actually faster to use Lightroom!

    So now I’m back to looking at FastRawViewer again! The free Beta testing period is over, so I’ll have to pay $14.99 to use for longer than 30 days. 🙁 I’ll be testing it out though, and see if it’s worth the $15 to have something that really shows what I need to see, and at a speed that is acceptable.

    James Staddon

    This is very interesting. I’m just reviewing long-past topics from when I was gone over summer.

    I never thought I would need another program other than LR for any reason, but I can see the benefit of viewing RAW files quickly for initial culling.

    , what exactly is “focus peaking”, and how do you do it? Is there a way to view blown out highlights? Is there a way to set zooming with the mouse scroll wheel?

    Thanks for your insight!

    Ezra Morley

    @JamesStaddon, I’m not @ariathny, but the answers are yes, and yes! 🙂

    For viewing overexposure/clipping highlights, you just hit the “O” key on your keyboard. To set zooming with a mouse scroll wheel, hit Ctrl + K and select “Image Zoom-Pan-Rotate” from the list on the left. The first 2 options are for Zoom in, and Zoom out. Just click on the little + icon and then roll your mouse in the desired direction when it asks which keyboard/mouse shortcut to use.

    FastRawViewer has an excellent online manual that’s very well written, which you can access here:
    For starters, here’s the page that explains Focus Peaking:

    James Staddon

    Hey, thanks so much @buddingphotographer!

    olivia sophia

    KrojamSoft PhotoViewerPro is great to view all images within a folder . You can organize and view/edit images. View images on a calendar etc.Try it out

    James Staddon

    Is it Thanks for sharing.

    Rachel L

    Though Adobe Bridge isn’t free, it’s worth the small investment… especially if you are dealing with large raw files and need to be able to sort/order photos efficiently. I purchased mine 5 years ago and it’s serve me well!

    James Staddon

    There have been several updates to LR since the beginning of this thread and I know from experience that Adobe has done a lot to speed up Lightroom in their latest update. It runs much faster for me now these days.

    There’s a sale running this week on some good photography material that includes training in photo editing for anyone who might be looking for that: *


    Hey Ezra,
    That would be superbly efficient! How, how, how do you scroll through pictures while maintaining a particular zoom?
    Thanks much!

    Ezra Morley

    Hey @julahbgmail-com,

    Which software are you referring to, Faststone, or FastRawViewer? 🙂

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