Not at all. The first thing you do with any RAW file is to apply just the NR, but no other edits, and export to DNG.
Then you don’t touch the RAW file again until you have finished all the editing you need on the DNG.
Now you have an unedited RAW (apart from NR) and a perfectly edited, noise free DNG.
Now you simply copy the edits back to the the RAW file.
The advantage is that you didn’t have to contend with noise whilst editing.
and a perfectly edited
I often come back on already made images and make new adjustments.
I generally never think a result is definitive.
This is why I need to keep (if possible …) my WIP instead of finished jobs.
Which is a great advantage.
Even if you have a WIP, there is nothing to stop you from creating a DNG from the unedited version, then copying the settings from the WIP to the DNG version, so that you have a clean WIP to edit further. Creating a further VC if necessary.
This is what I told above.
Which means your WIP is lost unless generating again a DNG and copying settings back to it …
A really heavy method. But the only one, of course.
That is correct but only necessary if keeping the original edited DNG file is not one’s preference because of space or other reasons.
Space is the main reason. Mainly with HiRes cameras.Twice the space with backups.
with HiRes cameras
Have to ask out of curiosity what size one of your RAW files has.
I’m talking about the around 50 Mp cameras.