I'm trying to learn how to process RAW images into great final images, and my attempts keep coming up short. I think it'd be really interesting/instructive to see what other people have done. In particular, I'd really love to find a collection of RAW images + the final image created from that RAW file to help me understand the process better. Does anyone know of a public dataset like that?

  • I'm confused by the question and voting to close as unclear what you're asking. Will be glad to retract that when you edit to clarify. A raw image is just data, essentially, and there are many, many steps to editing (White balance, tint, exposure, contrast, local WB/Tint/Exp/Contrast, Color sat/hue/lum as a whole and per color, sharpening ... ... ... the list goes on. Not all images will ever follow the same process. Sure, you might be a fan of some similarities (thus, the invention of actions/recorded processes) but ultimately, each image is its own. So...what are you trying to do? – Hueco Jul 21 '19 at 16:07
  • @Hueco I'm just trying to understand some of the actions that pros will take to edit RAW images, and I think seeing the starting RAW data + final edited image would be helpful to me. – random_forest_fanatic Jul 22 '19 at 14:50
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    tbh, that's a lot like trying to build a racecar by watching a pro drive it. I'd say that you'd be better off starting with how an engine works...but to each their own. – Hueco Jul 22 '19 at 15:01

This looks like the permanent "play raw" contest on pxls.us: someone submits a raw file, and the site patrons have a go at it with their favorite tools. It is customary to have at least a summary of the processing with the submission but often people post the "recipe" file.

  • Thanks xenoid, that site is exactly what I'm looking for! – random_forest_fanatic Jul 22 '19 at 14:51

For anyone else who stumbles across this question, I found the FiveK dataset (from MIT/adobe) to be quite useful: https://data.csail.mit.edu/graphics/fivek/, in addition to the answer posted by xenoid.

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