JulianZI wrote: photoken wrote:
JulianZI wrote:This is what I have for a D800 NEF
It looks like somehow you're getting an old implementation of the RAW image layer stack. See my screenshots for what the layers, and adjustment layers should be.
It appears that at the bottom you do not have a group but just an image. This may depend on the camera. The working layers look the same in my case - you also have that clipping "histogram" there.
The difference is that photoken must have specified a camera profile under Preferences -> Colour Management -> Devices, while JulianZI hasn't. If there is no colour profile, PL will use the conversion matrix supplied by DCRaw and attach that (and the Highlight Correction adjustment) to the image as a child layer.
photoken wrote:As far as I can tell, PL does produce an appealing image immediately upon opening a RAW file. The "appealing" quality is dependent on DCRAW, which has defined the corrections it uses for the cameras it supports. Of course, one should add and tweak the adjustments according to taste, and afterward the whole customized adjustment stack can be saved as a preset and quickly applied to subsequent images.
If you have a custom camera profile, you'll probably have tone curves and colour enhancements take place through that profile. In that case, dcraw isn't involved in the colour conversion process at all. (For some cameras, dcraw does a nice job, while for others like my old D80, the results are next to useless. The problem is that dcraw uses the conversion matrices from DNG profiles but omits the subsequent colour enhancement steps.)
Just out of curiosity, try one of your images with the camera profile set to "none" in PL.
(And, no, I don't think a raw image without adequate denoising and a bit of sharpening applied can be called "appealing".)