Ok, I’m just going to get this over with. I already feel like I’m losing some of you…am I losing you? How many of you have an SLR and using this info? Ok, since so many asked about RAW, I will attempt to tackle the subject from my understanding.
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I ♥google. I ♥wikipedia. I use them both a lot. Just now I needed to be reminded how to type a ♥ and they helped me out. I typed in RAW and this is what wikipedia told me:
Raw image files are sometimes called digital negatives, as they fulfill the same role as negatives in film photography: that is, the negative is not directly usable as an image, but has all of the information needed to create an image. Raw files are so named because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited.
Make sense? I got it before, but that definition really sums it up.
#1 reason I ♥RAW: I tweak the RAW, convert to JPG, but can go back to my RAW’s (think film negative) and change it back to its original. A jpg–once you edit it, there is no going back once it is saved (unless you save as a new file number).
#2 reason I ♥RAW: The ease of using a few sliders to get my desired result quickly.
Ok, I decided to use another image that isn’t as well exposed so you could see a bigger difference.
Below, my red arrow is pointing to my white balance. This is AWESOME! I usually keep my camera setting on shade white balance. I shoot 85% in open shade, so it’s most accurate. Some shoot in Auto White Balance, but I like shade. This feature in RAW, if I happen to be in the sun and my camera is set to shade, I will change the slider to sun in myRAW edit software (photoshop cs3 bridge, ACR).
If I want to go back to my original RAW image, I go to “as shot” and can start all over.
You will get a pop up window that asks where you want the folder of jpg images to go.
I say to save in same location (it will create a folder for you called “jpg”) and then apply my color pop action to all my images. This is GREAT if you have a “go to” action that you apply to every image no matter what.
Then hit “RUN” and it will process each image. Depending on the speed and how full your computer is, it will take 5 minutes to an hour. Also depending on how many images you are processing. It takes mine about 10 minutes to process 100 images. With my workflow, I shoot an average of 250 images per session. I go through my RAW images and assign a star rating (1-5) to my images. All 5’s get processed, the 1’s don’t. That way I am only actually processing half of the images I took. I don’t quite get rid of all the RAW’s though. An overall image may not be great enough to show to clients, but could be useful for a headswap for one later.
Drawbacks? RAW files are HUGE! My 5D can shoot over 500 large jpg images on a 4gb card, but a little over 200 RAW files.
If you are unsure, shoot in RAW+jpg mode and you will get both, but will take up even more space.
There you have it…RAW in all its glory. Any questions? I’m sure I missed something. Have a great day!
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