RAWTherapee vs. Adobe Lightroom

Home Forums Photography Q&A RAWTherapee vs. Adobe Lightroom

This topic contains 12 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Nathanael & Samantha Frazer 6 months, 3 weeks ago.

Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #11476

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    I’ve already posted a quick comparison on this thread, but I decided that I’d better start my own thread so I don’t hijack that one!

    This is the same RAW file processed with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7, and RAWTherapee 4.2.1. First, here’s an un-edited shot exported from Lightroom…

    IMGP1114-unedited

    (Click on any photo to open in Flickr, where you can view at 100%, or download to view at your convenience with your favorite software. You can use FastStone Image Viewer to compare 2 photos side-by-side if you wish.)

    Next, the edited photo from Lightroom…

    IMGP1114-Lightroom

    And finally, the edited photo from RAWTherapee!

    IMGP1114-RAWTherapee

    Now, if you compare this comparison to my last one, these two photos are a lot more similar. I did set the blue/yellow WB to be the same in both programs, to keep the color tint about the same. (I don’t know whether green/purple is the same, but I don’t think it is.)

    Lightroom:

    • Exposure: +0.50
    • Blacks: -15
    • Vibrance: +20
    • Sharpening (Amount): +100
    • Sharpening (Radius): +1.2

    RAWTherapee:

    • Exposure: +0.79
    • Blacks: +2454 (Don’t ask me what those numbers stand for, I don’t know!)
    • Vibrance: +35
    • Sharpening (Amount): +291
    • Sharpening (Radius): +0.63 (or +1.6, I’m not sure which slider value to put, so I’ll put them both. The +1.6 value is for “Edges” so I think it’s the one equivalent to Lightroom’s.

    (Obviously the 2 different programs use different methods, so you can’t really compare “numbers” when moving sliders) I rather like RAWTherapee’s sharpening better than Lightroom, maybe it’s just my method of sharpening, but Lightroom seems to create an awful lot of sharpening artifacts. Actually, compared side-by-side, RAWTherapee’s output looks slightly soft, but it looks a lot “cleaner”.

    • This topic was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  James Staddon.
    Attachments:
    #13066

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    VERY interesting. The LR shot looks a hair brighter, which I like, but I find the sharpening to be something I struggle with in LR. What kind of sharpening options do you have in RAWTherapee?

    #13095

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    @jamesstaddon, you’ve got 2 options for sharpening in RT, Unsharp Mask, and RL Deconvolution. I have very little experience with either one, as I am still using LR for everything… I imagine that the Unsharp Mask would be very similar to the tool with the same name in Photoshop, so you shouldn’t have much trouble figuring it out! 🙂

    #15724

    Joshua Ong
    Participant

    Does RAWTherapee offer similar functions as Adobe Lightroom?

    #15730

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    @joshua_ong, yes, Adobe Lightroom and RAWTherapee offer similar functions — Non-destructive editing of RAW files.

    One of the main differences is that Lightroom is made to be easy to use. It’s tools are all laid out in a sequential way, in the order that most people would use them.
    RAWTherapee on the other hand aims to cover all the bases. There is often more than one way to do certain edits. Different algorithms give different results, depending on the situation. Consequently, RT has every tool they can think of. While that’s great, it does make it very confusing for a new user who is trying to figure out how to do a basic adjustment to a RAW file.

    #15934

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    @joshua_ong, you might find this series of articles insightful if you’re really looking for details: http://www.addicted2light.com/2012/05/28/review-raw-converters-mega-test-part-i/

    Otherwise, this is a lighter read on some of the differences between LR and RT: http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/linux/RawTherapee-for-Linux-Review-440005.shtml

    #29544

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    If you want to learn more about editing photos, there’s a really good discount currently running on these resources: https://us154.isrefer.com/go/UPB18JamesS/a13432/topic * You might find some specific things in there that are helpful for what you’re looking for.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by  James Staddon.
    #29584

    How do you guys find Raw Therapee’s cataloguing system as related to LR’s? I have briefly tried DarkTable and was seriously unimpressed. RT’s name is so cheesy it’s so hard to take seriously I’ve not even tried it yet. I may though someday. I will probably go to C1P someday, I have had three separate month trials. 😀 I was seriously impressed by the program, and just as depressed by the price.

    #29604

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    @nasa, I don’t think RawTherapee has a cataloguing system, at least not nearly to the extent that LR does. I can fire it up and just start editing, no “import” necessary.

    #29620

    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    @buddingphotographer, what do you know of Affinity Photo’s RAW Developer? Does it even compare with LR and/or some of the other ones you are talking about here?

    #29623

    So is there no referencing of files within the application? all handled by sidecar files and one navigations the OS’s file system?

    #29652

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    @loganlamar, I honestly have no idea, I’ve never used the RAW capabilities of it, since I still own a copy of Lightroom. You can get a free trial of Affinity and try it for yourself if you’d like! (Beware, if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up buying after the free trial is over. 🙂 )

    @nasa, I can’t say 100% for sure, but I think that’s the way it is. (I prefer that method personally, but I’m sure others like the database cataloguing system better.)

    #29654

    Thanks 🙂

Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Would you like to participate?

Create an Account!

Are you sure you already know the secret?

Your ebook is sitting in your email inbox!

Pin It on Pinterest