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: 02 You need to select raw on your camera

    02 You need to select raw on your camera

    Most cameras will automatically shoot in JPEG mode, so you have to tell the camera to shoot in raw. How you do this depends on the camera.

    On most DSLRs and Compact System Cameras, you do it via an option in the menu (it’s usually found under Picture Quality or a similar setting – your manual can tell you exactly). Some newer cameras may have a dedicated button for selecting raw.

    Once this is done, you can start firing away. On some Canon SLRs, such as the EOS 60D and above, there are three raw file options called raw, mraw and sraw. These are simply different resolutions for the raw file you capture.

    Raw is the full-resolution file (for example 18MP with the EOS 7D), while mraw is 10MP and sraw is 4.5MP.

    These lower-resolution settings allow you to save space on your memory card if you know that you aren’t going to need to use the camera’s full resolution (to make enlargements, for example), but still want to make the most of the benefits of raw shooting.

    On many Nikon cameras above the D7000 you also have a couple of settings for raw images, enabling you to set the level of compression or number of bits. Just remember, more bits, bigger file size!

    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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