RAW v DNG
I have been approached by a few of our PMPE participants on why the colors of their pictures seem different went they used Lightroom or Photoshop. What they see from the LCD screen is so different especially when they shoot in RAW. This has got me to do some research on the difference of these two formats.
RAW files are usually proprietary formats by different camera manufacturers and they name it differently too. Nikon called their RAW format as NEF, Canon as CRW, Olympus as ORF, Sony as SRF, etc…and the confusion goes on. These formats will work with the propriety software that comes with the camera, however, when they are post processed in Lightroom or Photoshop, all these RAW formats are converted into DNG format, the format used by Adobe.
This is where the fun starts. Most proprietary post processing software are limited in their functions and hence a serious photographer would either process the RAW images in Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop (the grand daddy of image processing)
For more details please read this....RAW v DNG image file format and see both the pros and cons of each format