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

    | Photography for Beginners | 28/05/2013 00:01am
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    Because a raw file is just a package of data rather than a specific image format, your computer doesn’t immediately know what to do with it.

    Unlike a standard format, such as JPEG, a raw file doesn’t contain the information needed for your PC to decode it.

    Think of it like the words on a page: the JPEG file is like the finished article containing words, paragraphs and all of the correct punctuation, which means that you can read it easily and make perfect sense out of it.

    Raw is like having all of the same letters written down, but not necessarily in the same order, no consistent spacing, and without a structure that you can easily understand.

    Even the image you see on the back of the camera when reviewing a photo – and the brightness histogram that goes with it – is a JPEG representation of the raw file, based on the settings used at the time of shooting.

    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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