JPEG Vs RAW
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17-10-09, 06:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: East Devon
Slightly off topic, I am surprised that with a beginners course they are shooting in RAW, I recently subscribed to an intermediate course and the entire sylabus seemed to be based around things like how to switch red eye reduction on and how to get the photos off the camera. This I felt was better placed on a begiinners course.
Back on topic though, you didn't say what camera you are using this does make a difference as if it is not an SLR it won't necessarily support RAW, also if it is one of the Canon SLR's then you get a CD with the camera on which there is a piece of software called Digital Photo Professional, this is not a bad application and will give you the basic RAW editting capabilities. I found this a nice introduction to RAW and it is not daunting to use however it is reasonably powerful and supports things like recipies to assist with workflow.
One nice thing about RAW editting is the changes are not permanent (certainly with all the software I have used) so if you do decide later you have made a hash of things you can revert your changes.
Something I did was to invest in a few extra memory cards and shoot in both RAW and JPG, I am glad I did as I have now looked back on old images as my photoshop skills have improved and seen potential in then which I originally dismissed, having the RAW files available give me more control when enhancing them.
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