I received this email from Joe Schorr about a Raw image decoding review by the Aperture engineers. Since you’re a member of the Inside Aperture community, you might want to contribute. Here’s what Joe had to say…
As part of Aperture’s ongoing development, the team at Apple is continuing to gather images that represent the biggest RAW decoding challenges and illustrate the particular areas where you’d like to see improvement. Any image content you send will be used for internal testing purposes only. None of these images will be distributed to the public, used in any marketing capacity whatsoever, or included in public demos. They will be used exclusively to test and evaluate RAW image processing, with the goal of delivering even better RAW support for your camera in the future.
If you would like to submit a set of sample images, here is what we would like to receive for each image:
- The original, unmodified RAW image. Please specify the camera model used to create the image.
- A 16-bit TIFF version of the image created with Aperture using all default settings (no adjustments, no Auto Exposure or Auto Levels).
- A 16-bit TIFF version of the image created with the RAW decoder of your choice, also using default settings. If using the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in, make sure all the “Auto” checkboxes have been turned off.
- A 16-bit TIFF version of the image after you have applied adjustments using the RAW decoder of your choice, showing how you feel the image should look when processed and adjusted correctly.
- Any notes or commentary you wish to provide regarding whatever weaknesses or strengths you see in the decode provided by Apple’s software. When possible, point to specific areas in each image that you would like us to examine. Also include information about the camera, computer, and software used to create the image.
Please put all related files together into a single folder, then upload via FTP to the following server:
FTP Site: privftp.apple.com
After posting your files to the server, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us that the files are available.
(NOTE: For security reasons, the above FTP site is set up as a drop box with write-only access, so other users can not view or download the images.)
Thanks for working with Apple. The feedback that we’ve received from the pro photo community over the last year has been extremely helpful, and we look forward to continually improving image handling in the future.