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: 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)

    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


    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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