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

    Beginner tips for raw images: Raw conversion software options

    A quick guide to your choices for opening and editing raw images

    Opening a raw image is not always an easy process, as you need special software to convert and edit the files (unlike a JPEG, which every image-viewing program can open).

    The first port of call should be your camera’s box, to see if raw-editing software was supplied.

    For greater power and flexibility, try Adobe Camera Raw – the free plug-in you get with Photoshop CS or Elements. Here are your raw editor options:

    • Software supplied by the camera manufacturer (Canon’s Digital Photo Professional is the best such program we’ve seen)
    • Third-party raw converters
    • Combined raw converter/image-management software (eg Adobe Lightroom/or Capture One)


    What to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw
    How to convert raw files
    3 selective adjustment tools your raw files can’t live without

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

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