CR2 to Tiff conversion produces darker image

I have a .CR2 image taken by a Canon 80D camera. I'm using LibRaw to convert it to a .TIF. The .TIF which is created is darker than the original .CR2 file (when viewed using Canon's Digital Photo Professional or Irfan View)

I read the contents of the .CR2 file to a buffer, then pass the buffer to this method to convert and save to .TIF:

void raw2image_concise(const char* data, size_t length)
    LibRaw rawProcessor;
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.output_tiff = 1;         // tiff
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.output_bps = 16;         // bits per sample: 8 or 16 only, other values are invalid
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.no_auto_bright = 1;      // when disabled, image is too bright, when enabled, too dark?
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.use_auto_wb = 0;
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.use_camera_wb = 1;
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.use_camera_matrix = 1;
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.user_flip = 0;           // no rotation
    rawProcessor.imgdata.params.user_qual = 3;           // AHD interpolation
    rawProcessor.open_buffer((void*)data, length);

I'd like to know if there's a way I can use LibRaw that won't result in a darker or brighter image.

I've also tried converting the .CR2 to .TIF using Digital Photo Professional and Irfan View, and the files these create don't lose any brightness.

I can provide the source .CR2, the .Tif that LibRaw creates, and the .Tif files created by Digital Photo Professional and Irfan View if that will help.


If you use no_auto_bright=1,

If you use no_auto_bright=1, than any brightening will be disabled, resulting in dark image if your shot is not exposed normally.
With auto_bright, LibRaw will put 1% of pixels (with default options) to saturation.

Today cameras gray point is usually at 12-10-even 7-8% of maximum (so, up to 4 stops from saturation). Raw converters (DPP, ACR, etc) usually use custom tone curves to compress highlights and get gray point back to 18% (so 0.7-1.5EV gray point move is usual)

-- Alex Tutubalin

Using no_auto_bright=0 made

Using no_auto_bright=0 made the resulting image brighter than how the CR2 looks.

The histogram of the image changes. It's generally the same shape, but shifted. What parameters of libraw can i modify to try to keep the histogram in the same place? would modifying the tone curves that libraw uses acheive this?

What do you men by "not exposed normally"? I used 1/10 second exposure time, fNumber 5.6, ISO 160.


You may disable automatic

You may disable automatic brightening and use manual exposure shift (exp_correc, exp_shift, exp_preser parameters). The exact amount of shift will differ on different cameras/different ISO values (see, for example, this article: )

'not exposed normally' means that graypoint value is below 18% by some amount.

-- Alex Tutubalin