I was just reading the responses to a question as to why RAW images look different in lightable and darkroom in Darktable (due to the in camera post processing taking place for JPG files) and I would like to know a little more about this conversion process. I thought the camera only compresses the image when it converts the RAW file to a JPG? But the process also involves manipulating the tones of the image using some algorithm whether I like it or not. Why does it do this? It looks better than the RAW file, why doesn't the RAW file look as good?

Why does the appearance of RAW files change when switching from "lighttable" to "darkroom" in Darktable?





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