Raw Images: 10 things every beginner must know before ditching JPEG

    | Photography for Beginners | 28/05/2013 00:01am
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    Beginner tips for raw images: Pros and cons of shooting raw images

    The pros

    • Gives the potential for higher-quality images
    • Non-destructive editing as standard, so you are not losing image data
    • You get more highlight/shadow detail than with a standard JPEG
    • Greater scope for post-shoot adjustment – colour, white balance, sharpening and so on

    The cons

    • Larger files than JPEG
    • Slower to write to your memory card, and fills the buffer faster
    • It takes more time to edit and process raw images
    • You need to save raw images as JPEG or another format to print them
    • It takes some getting used to

    What you can and can’t adjust in raw

    Settings you can change

    • Exposure compensation
    • White balance
    • Noise reduction
    • Sharpness

    Settings you can’t change

    • Aperture
    • Shutter speed
    • ISO
    • Focus

    PAGE 1: All images in your camera start life as raw images
    PAGE 2: You need to select raw on your camera
    PAGE 3: Raw lets you fine-tune your images
    PAGE 4: Raw images can slow down your shoots
    PAGE 5: Raw images let you rescue detail
    PAGE 6: Not all raw images are the same
    PAGE 7: You need special software to view
    PAGE 8: Raw images offer non- destructive editing
    PAGE 9: Make selective adjustments
    PAGE 10: You can expand dynamic range by combining raw conversions
    PAGE 11: Pros and cons of shooting raw images
    PAGE 12: Raw conversion software options


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    Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography for Beginners.

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