Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:21PM
For a long time I have been using the free raw shooter essentials software for editing my images shot in raw. The graphics card I have is an Nvidea G Force 9500GT which is fine. I use a pro Dell monitor to view. As the PC is old and limited, I have invested in a new one with much higher spec. It has an onboard graphics card which isn't up. To the job. I put in the Nvidea G Force 9500GT but again, it didn't seem to show my images as hey should be. I really thought lightroom would be a vast improvement on raw shooter for viewing at least but it doesn't seem so.
This is the new motherboard
Perhaps I am using an Nvidea card that isn't doing lightroom justice, and if so can anyone recommend a suitable card for editing ?
(Edited on 2013-04-18 15:25:45 by Marbury)
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:01AM
Could you expand on this more? 'it didn't seem to show my images as hey should be.'
Check card is in best slot if more than one, check correct drivers are being used, check motherboard bios settings - speed bus lanes.., update motherbord driver.., use nivida control pannel to set settings - some settings can be set for individual program, check pc advanced system settings, page file etc... Check updates for Lightroom, cache, preveiw settings etc... Read here for more tips http://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/optimize-performance-lightroom.html
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:07AM
Oh and make sure pc is actually using the graphics card and not still using the onboard graphics, check device manager.
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:25AM
Did all that. What I am trying to find is the setting in Lightroom that imports your files as your camera (in my case a Nikon d200) so they are punchy and pop when you are viewing them. I can't put my finger on it but they don't seem to look the same. I have seen them look better.
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:38AM
When you import there will be a choice 'apply during import' on the right side of that import dialog box where you can choose develop settings setting.
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:51AM
Also at the bottom of the develop right side panel you will find camera calibration. In that section you will see profile. To the right it will probably say Adobe standard and have a little up/down arrow beside it. Click on that and a bunch of other choices appear. Those will more closely match your cameras settings IMO. I use camera landscape for my Nikons, but try them all with several different types of photos to see which one you like best. If there is one that fits the majority of what you shoot you can set it as a develop preset and have it applied automatically at import.
ETA-Lightroom doesn't require a super duper graphics card. A decent one,yes. Its performance has more to do with processor and memory. So the one you have may be ok. I'm don't know much about graphics cards so I can't comment on your particular one.
(Edited on 2013-04-19 07:55:11 by erniedecker)
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:20AM
Ok thanks. It's got 8Gb of ram so should be ok and it has just been built. i5 processor too.
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:26PM
When I click through the list I am not sure which is the correct as they change the tone and colour of the image quite a bit. Landscape is very contrasty. Also, the Nikon lens corrections in the list doesn't display my Nikon D200 kit lens. Which do I choose ?
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:39PM
I know it is a stupid question but did you check your monitor color profile ? You have changed your card and motherboard so most likely it reseted the color profile back to its default settings.