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RAW refers to any of several native data formats that contain the full data captured by the sensor. Typically these are proprietary formats, and each company uses its own.

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How do I return to Camera RAW window after opening an image?

I tend to open a bunch of RAW files at the same time and move through them using the preview to find the image I want to work on. When I click on "Open Image" (perhaps after adjusting white balance ...
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Damaged RAW (NEF)-files: ideas?

I damaged some of my NEF-files by using a script using ExifTool on subdirectories: I copied the exif-information from the original JPG to created JPG, using "-tagsFromFile ...
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Should I use Active D-Lighting when shooting Raw?

I understand (ref) that I can do my own post processing to get the same effect that Active D-Lighting gives. But does the in-camera ADL get applied to the raw image data or is it only done to the ...
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Where can I get free RAW files online for practicing with Lightroom?

I've downloaded Adobe Lightroom in order to learn RAW image processing. I want to practise on some photos that covers basic subjects (Histograms, HDR etc). Is there a good, free source of RAW images ...
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Cheap/free tool to view/convert Canon CR2 RAW format photo files on Windows?

Recently, my family had some professional photos taken while vacationing at a resort. The photos were given to us on CD in both .CR2 and .jpg formats. While we can view the JPEG-format versions of ...
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Nikon RAW image processing in non-Nikon software

I love Adobe Lightroom, the workflow, the interface, the whole package. However, as a Nikon owner never did I manage to get the colors to look as good as after processing with Capture NX. No doubt ...
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What workflow should I use for processing RAW photos in Lightroom?

I started shooting in RAW, and I use Adobe Lightroom. What workflow would you recommend to use for the processing? I will really appreciate a detailed description of the steps (or a link to one). ...
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If I paid for photography am I entitled to raw images?

If I paid for photographs on my wedding and the photographer has supplied me only with low res files (200 kb approx for all) and says she is unable to save them edited in high res, am I entitled to ...
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What are the pros and cons of different Bayer demosaicing algorithms?

Bayer sensors use a pattern of red, green, and blue pixels, and merge those together into a final color image, with one pixel for every single color sensor. This could be done through a "naive" ...
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Why is there an ISO setting when shooting raw?

Raw files are supposed to contain mostly unprocessed data from the sensor. What's the point of having an ISO setting if it doesn't affect the amount of photons counted, but only provides ...
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How does Picasa process RAW photos?

How does Picasa decide how to process RAW photos? When I shoot in RAW+JPEG the two pictures can look dramatically different. Is it just converting the RAW files upon import, or is post-processing ...
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Viewing thumbnails of RAW, DNG, PSD, TIFF, and other files in Windows 7

I am curious if there is a way to see thumbnails for more than the default file types (i.e. GIF, JPG, BMP, PNG) in Windows 7. I tend to use other formats like DNG, CRW, CR2, TIFF, etc., and sadly, ...
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Is the image processor relevant in a camera when shooting RAW?

When cameras come out the company often states that the image processor is upgraded. Does such an upgrade matter when one only shoots in RAW? When shooting RAW the image is taken directly from the ...
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Are RAW files safe from changes?

While I'm shooting my pictures as RAWs (or actually JPEG+RAW) for a while, I haven't really have ever worked with the RAW files so far. When opening the RAW files, and playing with the options, I'm ...
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Which small point-and-shoot cameras support RAW images?

What small point-and-shoot cameras are available that support RAW images? I'm looking for something to use when I don't want to lug my SLR around, so I want something that is small and convenient. In ...
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In ufraw, how to use the two curves?

I have a basic understanding of curves. That is, I know the mathematical concept behind them, and I have an idea what happens when I change them. But this knowledge came from sources which assumed ...
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Can in-camera JPEG have image quality advantages over (third party software) converted RAW?

Question about RAW advantages over JPG made me curious if somebody has examples where in-camera JPEG is actually image quality-wise better than RAW image converted in computer (possibly by third party ...
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How can I export reduced resolution RAW files from Lightroom?

I read that in Lightroom 4 is possible to export reduced resolution raw files. Does anybody know how to do it?
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What is more intensive for the SDHC card- hd movie recording or shooting burst mode in RAW?

I am looking to get a second SD card to fill both slots in my d7000. The card I have now is a remnant from my canon point and shoot that I am using in my d7000 now. I have yet to try movie mode. And ...
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Can I combine RAW & JPEG after import in Aperture?

I'm trying out Aperture; I have a hefty collection of photos in iPhoto, and for a few reasons, it's not cutting it for me anymore. I recently started shooting RAW+JPEG on my camera. I see that ...
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Why do I have to convert RAW files to JPEG to open them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get started with RAW photography? I am a new to RAW shooting and recently bought a Nikon DSLR. I find that only the software which came with the camera can open ...
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Why am I seeing two JPG files instead of RAW + JPG with a Canon 1100D?

I have a Canon 1100D and I started taking pictures in the RAW+JPG mode. For some reason when I open my files on my PC I see 2 files, but both of them are JPG (they even have the same size). What is ...
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What algorithms or example tools are there for denoising of images in Raw format?

I am trying to perform some post-processing of Camera Raw images captrued using my Canon EOS 450-D. I am using PS CS5 and GIMP particulary to remove noise which is present in images. My questions is: ...
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Effect of each step in RAW image pipleline [closed]

I am a little familiar with tools like dcraw or libraw. I know that we can give one RAW image to each of these tools, and they will give us output image, which is gone through a pipeline procedure: ...
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Is there a reason for raw over jpeg if you have your lighting figured out?

I hired a photographer for an event, and he says he doesn't shoot raw because he has his lighting (white balance and exposure) all figured out. Are there any other reasons why a pro should shoot in ...
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How do I export RAW files from Lightroom?

If I haven't imported my RAW files into Lightroom with the sidecar files attached, how can I save/export the file so that another person can open the file and not have to re-do all my work?
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How can I easily replace raw files with jpeg format in Lightroom?

I only shoot in RAW, but for a normal travel trip I don't want to keep all photos in RAW because they occupy a lot of storage space. Is there a plugin in Lightroom to click a photo and convert the RAW ...
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RAWs looking massively different in Aperture/Mac OS Preview compared to camera preview and (Canon) PictureStyleEditor

Yesterday, I have been shooting photos at a christmas market -- especially a band that played there. Since everything happened in the evening and it was quite dark, I thought using RAW instead of JPEG ...
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How to share a raw file including LR development settings

How do I send someone a .CR2 raw file with Lightroom adjustments applied? In that way someone could open the raw file in their Lightroom and see what development settings I have used, apply other ...
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How can I repair a corrupt .nef file?

I took about 100 shots using a Nikon D7000 on a 4GB memory card this weekend, shooting in RAW. I checked the pictures after the first 5 and all looked fine, so I kept shooting. After taking about 95 ...
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Am I permanently altering my NEF/raw files if I save changes in Nikon ViewNX 2?

When editing the NEF (Nikon raw files) with Nikon's ViewNX 2 software, after modifying things like exposure and white balance, I have the ability to save the NEF file or "Save As" a new filename. ...
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D800 Previews Much Brighter in Camera, Very Dark When Rendered

I've been shooting with the D800 for about 6 months now, and I've noticed that the in-camera previews appear much brighter and more properly exposed. But when I load the RAW images into either ...
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RAW Conversion is better on Canon Utilities or LightRoom?

I have always used Picasa as I was with point and shot camera. Now, I want to learn photography and have brought a Canon DSLR with which I got Canon Utilities to manage the pictures and video. On ...
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How critical is it to expose raw images correctly?

I have been thinking about the Zone System and its goal of maximising image quality given the limitations of film sensitivity and the necessity to choose specific developing parameters. Clearly you ...
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CHDK generated DNG has no preview

I have recently bought a used Canon A550 and tried using CHDK with it. I firstly wanted to use it as a time-lapse camera, so I installed the Ultra Intervalometer on the camera and enabled RAW file ...
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What's the easiest way to access pure raw data (without demosaicing)?

What is the simplest way to access the data in a raw file before demosaicing and write it to a more widely supported file format (e.g. 16 bit TIFF)? I'm looking to obtain a single channel image where ...
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Which Lightroom 4.3 import presets will best replicate Nikon's Vivid Picture control setting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which Lightroom import presets should I use to get output like that from Capture NX? This question is very similar to this question asked 2 years ago. However, its 2 ...
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What could cause pink spots on my RAW photos?

I have only started shooting in RAW and have noticed pink spots on them. They are never in the same location and don't affect some photos, they just seem to appear every few shots. It never happened ...
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Is burst rate higher in RAW mode?

I own a Nikon D5000 and the Wikipedia page says that : Continuous shooting 4 frame/s for 67 Large Fine JPEG or 11 RAW frames Does this mean that keeping the camera in NEF (RAW) mode increases ...
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What's the difference between PEF and DNG RAW formats?

I just recently purchased a Pentax K-r. It has two formats to shoot raw with, PEF and DNG. Are there advantages or disadvantages with using one over the other?
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How can I change the pixel data in a DNG while keeping all the metadata?

I am looking for some free tools that will let me easily process the pixel data in a RAW file (DNG or NEF) while keeping the metadata untouched. Are there any such tools? Use case: I am ...
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How do I repair “partially” corrupted raw (cr2) files?

I have a number of raw images (example) which were restored after deletion, when I open them in image viewer they seem to be fine (example as previewed), but if I open them in Photoshop (example seen ...
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How do I view and edit RAW photos? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best free RAW editor/converter on Windows? I want to view and edit pictures that were taken on the setting RAW but don't know how. I dont have adobe or any ...
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Apple Aperture, raw files, and white balance?

The question I have is very similar to this one, but the answer there doesn't work for me, so I'll try asking it differently here... I switched to using raw format a while back, and am mostly happy ...
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How to change a single setting across multiple images in Canon DPP?

I am using Canon Digital Photo Professional to process a large quantity of images I took in an event. After some work on individual pictures, I realized that merely all of them will benefit from ...
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Raw versus JPG Images with a DSLR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the pros and cons when shooting in raw vs JPEG? For typical family photos, with a Nikon D5100 DSLR, is there any reason to shoot RAW images rather than the ...