How do I get started with RAW photography?
I am a new to RAW shooting and recently bought a Nikon D5100. I find that only the NIKON software which came with the camera can open the .NEF files and even then, I seem to have to convert them to JPEG in the process. Can any one explain to me the point of NEF files? To the inexperienced it suggests that I would be as well shooting in JPEG to start with. I am probably doing something wrong.....I am not new to that! Does this mean all my RAW files are limited to the editing constraints of JPEGs which all the glossy books point out?