Do you shoot to RAW? Hook Zoner Photo Studio into the DNG Converter to get better outputs from RAW processing.
When you’re using Zoner Photo Studio to develop RAW files, you can run into a message that informs you your file format isn’t supported. You can solve this by connecting the program to the DNG Converter.
If you’re wondering why Zoner Photo Studio doesn’t start out connected to Adobe DNG Converter automatically, the answer is simple. Commercial use of the converter by Zoner directly would mean an increase in the price of Zoner Photo Studio, while end users, meanwhile, are allowed to download the Converter for free. The Converter helps you process a wider range of RAW files and get better final pictures. Also, starting in Zoner Photo Studio 17, you can use the DNG Converter to get automatic correction of lens defects (warping, chromatic defect, and vignetting) by assigning an LCP lens profile to the pictures you’re processing.
Hooking It Up, Step By Step
To download the DNG Converter, visit this page on the Adobe website. Select the latest version of the Converter, and on the next page, click Proceed to Download, and then Download Now.
The DNG Converter’s size is just under 190 MB. Download the intaller to your computer and run it. Click Install and the program will be installed in a few seconds. To complete the installation, click Finish.
Then start Zoner Photo Studio, roll down the Settings menu (it’s towards the top right), and click Preferences…. Switch to the RAW Format preferences, and click the folder icon. (If it is grayed out, turn on the “Use Adobe DNG Converter to load RAW files” option first.) Browse to the file Adobe DNG Converter.exe and then click Open. You likely will not actually need to browse—Zoner generally finds the right path automatically. The normal path on English Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe DNG Converter.exe. Then click Apply to apply the changes.
Ready To Go
Now you can use the DNG Converter for your work in Zoner Photo Studio. Besides expanding the range of supported RAW formats, this will give you different, and improved, RAW processing, with different tones and colors in the output.
Assigning LCP Profiles
You can also use the DNG Converter to add LCP profiles in Zoner Photo Studio. Each of these is made for a certain lens, and can be used to correct that lens’s defects. If your lens is covered in this regard by DNG Converter itself (which you can check in this list), then you’re already set.
Then you just need to switch to the Lens tab in the RAW module and click Add Profile. Choose the LCP profile you want, and then in the Side Panel, checkmark the lens defects that you want to have automatically removed for any RAWs in your batch that were taken using the given lens.
Keep Up To Date
Different cameras usually have different RAW formats, so when you’re buying a new one, make sure that your version of the Converter can handle it. The Converter is updated to handle new RAW formats all the time, so you should also check for, and if appropriate check in, the Converter’s latest version.
Done all of the above? Then the road is clear for you to start getting better RAW outputs than ever before!