Sunday, August 10, 2014

Can't Turn Off Picasa Auto Adjust RAW... Sayonara Picasa!

Welp, see ya later! This is majorly frustrating. I was trying to use my PC for all of my image transfer, archiving, and manipulation since a lot of my astrophotography programs are on PC. However, I noticed Picasa is automatically manipulating my RAW files to try to enhance them for me. Thanks but no thanks, Google!

And the best part? Unlike Google+ that annoyingly and automatically started "enhancing" my Blogger photos until I opted out, there is no way to turn this auto adjustment off. I looked at countless forums and everyone is equally annoyed. I think it's time to bite the bullet and just get Lightroom.

In summary, Picasa sucks as an astrophotography image organizer and transfer utility. 

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Picasa's auto adjustment of my moon photo. What's the point of spending time calculating and adjusting exposures out in the field if Google is going to just wash over it?

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iPhoto is an example of an image organizer that doesn't auto enhance your RAW files so they appear closer to how they actually look! What a concept!

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When your photo looks under-exposed with a lot of black showing (as just about astro photos should), Picasa tries to help you out by auto enhancing your photo and blows out the image beyond recognition.

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Here is a screenshot of the in-app appearance of the same photo from above in iPhoto.

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