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Why to shoot RAW | by Steffen M. Boelaars
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Why to shoot RAW

Today I was making pictures of water. And today (as every day in this time of year in India) was a day with much much sun. This showed me once more that you really have to take pictures in RAW format, and I just wanted to show you that. If you have a camera that's capable of doing RAW: USE IT!

 

When taking the pictures, my camera went very much to the limit of how fast it could do an exposure. I had the lens set to f/1.4 because I wanted only the middle fountain to be in focus. Looking on the LCD of the camera, the shots looked allright. Maybe a bit bright, but nothing the computer wouldn't be able to fix when dealing with a JPG.

However, small LCD screens are misleading. The picture you see on the right is what I got when opening it on the computer.

I then took out the RAW (NEF) image and adjusted the settings in Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop CS3 plugin) in the way you see under the image on the left, and see the result!

When shooting with JPG only, I would have lost all that details completely and the picture was basically a complete waste. Now I've got some pretty good shot I think. And I took about 150 pictures, so I'm pretty damn happy with the RAW's!

 

Remember this the next time you start taking pictures: switch to RAW!

 

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Taken on January 27, 2008