Adobe Camera Raw: what it does and why you need to use it

Adobe Camera Raw
(Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

Anyone who uses Photoshop has probably heard of Adobe Camera Raw. It’s the window that pops up when you open a Raw image and enables you to apply an initial set of edits. But what is its purpose and do you really need to use it?

The simple answer is, yes. You can think of a Raw image as a digital negative; it’s an unprocessed file that contains a lot more information than a JPEG, which enables you to manipulate it more in post. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.