When I bought my first digital camera, asked a photographer that I greatly admire what I could do to get better pictures having a camera that wasn’t top of the line. He simply told me: “shoot RAW. Your camera may not be the best, but photographing in RAW you will have the best that she can offer you.”
<h2>What Are Those File Types?</h2>
There are various digital file formats for our images. You probably know the JPG, which is the default on most cameras and cell phones. However, beyond it, you will like to know also a format that allows for more quality and control over your picture: <strong>This is the RAW file</strong>. To buy a more advanced camera, you usually have the option to choose between the two.
To make a picture, the image is recorded on the sensor is interpreted by a little computer that is inside the digital camera via A2zcamerablog.com. After interpreting the image, this little computer writes the information on the memory card.
The difference between the RAW format and JPG format is RAW format records everything that the camera saw, while the JPG got another step: before writing to the memory card, the camera interprets the information and compresses all in a smaller file.
Soon, the RAW file allows us the freedom to process and interpret the image ourselves, while the JPG file out already processed and interpreted by the camera.
<strong>An interesting analogy is to consider that the RAW file is like the film and the JPG file is how the magnification</strong>. IE: the RAW file is not yet a picture ready! You cannot post a picture in RAW in your blog: before you will need to reveal the picture using an application on your computer, such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
Use the RAW format to keep all the information of the image captured by the camera. So we can, for example, edit it, having more control over the quality and recovering information that, in the JPG file, would have been thrown away to save space.
The disadvantage of the RAW file is that in addition to occupy much more space on our computer (files can have 2-6 x the size of a JPG file), it <strong>needs to</strong> be rendered. As it is not a picture ready, you need to open the file in a post production and application, to print or post on the internet, you will need to save a copy in a more user-friendly format (like JPG.)
<h2>Raw Or JPG, That Is The Question!</h2>
My suggestion is to always shoot in RAW. If you still don’t know how to edit programs, choose from the menu of your camera with the option of <strong>RAW + JPG</strong>.So, she will save the two files simultaneously and you can use the JPG while not know process the RAW.
Yes, it will take up more space, but at least you will have the negative intact. You may not know what to do with the RAW now, but the future can you know:-)
<h2>How To Open A RAW File?</h2>
How is a negative, you will not be able to open the picture in common applications. You will probably want to search more about some more advanced editing programs, with Lightroom or Aperture. Some basic programs, with the Picasa or iPhoto, you can open this type of file.
Photoshop won’t open files in RAW. Editing a photo in this format can only be made in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw), which is a Photoshop plugin. Most of the time the ACR is installed while you install Photoshop. If you cannot open a RAW is because for some reason this plugin has not been installed. In this case the solution is simple: install manually.
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The ACR has exactly the same functions of the <em>develop</em>module, Lightroom, IE: you can make every edit you would in Lightroom but without some facilities like other modules, printing, presets, etc.