Do you um and ah about whether to shoot JPEG or RAW? I'll go through the benefits and potential challenges of this versatile format.
Learn more about Camera Raw on Tuts+:
- Post-ProcessingNew Course: RAW Photo Processing With Affinity PhotoAndrew Blackman
- RAW ProcessingCreative Cloud Raining On Your Parade? 10 Alternative RAW Image Processors to TryChamira Young
- Camera RAWThe Camera Raw Filter: The Power of Raw Processing, The Precision of Photoshop MasksJeffrey Opp
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Raw files capture all the photographic
data from your camera's sensor when you take
a picture, so no compression or loss of
Color and tonality are just two of the benefits when it comes to
post-production, giving far more control
than if you'd shot jpg. However you need a
special program to read raw files: a parametric
image editor like Adobe Camera Raw. It
takes the linear, unprocessed raw data
from sensor and turns it into a
recognizable image. Camera Raw is far less
cluttered and intimidating than other
image editing software, meaning you can
intuitively find your way around with a
greater level of control. It's also non-destructive, so every change you make
is just a different way of displaying
the image rather than actually changing it.
Finally, file sizes associated with
raw capture can be really large, so in
addition to a big, fast memory card you
need the hard drive space and processing
capabilities to edit them in Camera Raw.
I'm Marie Gardner, that was Adobe Camera Raw
in 60 seconds.