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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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Recommended start point for sharpening RAW Images

I'm just beginning to get back into serious photography after a very long time away. I've toyed with digital, but this is my first foray into trying to do controlled creative work in the digital ...
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Is there a use case for a browser-based raw previewer? [closed]

I'm aware this might be an "opinionated" question, but as I'm desperately looking for feedback on my opensource project rawson.js, I'm asking it here: do you see a use case for a lightweight, ...
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Why does Lightroom create a new copy of the image before editing it by another program?

Why does Lightroom always create a new copy of the image whenever I edit the image with a 3rd party plugin? Why not just add an option to let you choose if you want to use the original raw file, ...
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Some .CR2 files open with Camera Raw but some do not - on my mac

I am able to open some but not all of my .CR2 files with Camera Raw 6.7 and Photoshop CS5. On my Canon Rebel XSi, if my Quality setting is set only to RAW, the .CR2 files open in Camera Raw 6.7 and ...
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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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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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Nikon D3100 corrupt files?

I am new to using the D3100, and was out with my family at the weekend taking pictures. When I got home I noticed that a few images had not been saved correctly. Does anyone know any reason why this ...
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Can I batch process Nikon RAW (.nef) files to make them look like the camera's jpg compression?

I normally shoot my D80 in JPG mode, because I like the way the JPGs end up looking, and I have had a hard time manually processing the .nef files to look as nice to my eye. Sometimes the image ...
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How do I force Adobe Camera Raw to use monitor color profile?

How do I force Adobe Camera Raw to use monitor color profile ? I shoot in RAW. sRGB is set on camera. The problem is that after I open my photo in Photoshop and enable "Proof Colors" (set to ...
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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 ...
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Photo Processing - What am I doing wrong?

I seem to have a problem processing photos and I am not sure where I am going wrong. The issue is on my desktop monitor the photos look great. Overall vivid color, brightness, contrast etc. When I ...
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Tablet Apps for Simple Processing of RAW files

What tablet Apps would you recommend for simple RAW processiong on a tablet? Currently using Samsung Tab 2, 7 inch tablet. My main concern is just open the RAW file and do some Cropping and upload ...
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Which Canon DSLR models have sRAW/mRAW support?

What Canon models do have support for smaller RAW (sRAW, mRAW) sizes? Seems the EOS 60D does, but the 600D and 650D doesn't ... is there a list? Is this not a standard feature?
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How to get rid of dead/stuck pixels in a chdk generated DNG?

I am using a canon ixus 300 HS camera and configured it to shoot RAW (DNG) by using CHDK (version: 1.0.0-1825; latest build for ixus 300 HS). At first sight, all seems ok and the DNG's are generated ...
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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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Import PEF raw file from Pentax K-R into ps cs5 extended - not supported?

Im trying to import PEF raw files from a Pentax Kr, into photoshop cs5 extended (osx lion) but i keep getting an error message, is their a work arround or plugin i can use to over come this ?
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Is there a Fuji X10 raw converter for Linux?

Does anyone know if there's away to convert Fuji X10 Raw files in Ubuntu? I'm considering to buy this camera but most software I've seen doesn't support it or isn't clear regarding that issue. ...
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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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What is lost when RAW is exported to TIFF for editing?

Is anything lost when you export from (Canon) RAW files to TIFF? For context: I backup and archive my RAW files, and keep a separate (Aperture) library for exported JPEGs. So far my workflow has been ...
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What to do in Lightroom when shooting both RAW and JPEG?

I have recently started: Shooting both RAW & JPEG Using Lightroom 4 Currently when I import my photos into Lightroom I am using the (default) option to ignore duplicates, this means that only ...
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Is there are any difference in quality between Large Fine JPG and converted NEF?

Assume that I do not want to do any post-processing, such as white balancing, etc. I would like to preserve the best resolution (for possible cropping). So the question is: Are there any quality ...
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What tool can I use to delete camera serial number in raw file?

I want to be able to share the RAW files my camera produces, including EXIF data, with the one exception that I want to remove the camera (and lens if that is also recorded) serial number(s) to avoid ...
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What's the difference between adding contrast and simultaneously darkening highlights and brightening shadows in Lightroom?

In Lightroom 4, when editing a RAW file, what's the difference (if any) between the following edits: A). +30 Contrast Or B). -30 Highlights, +30 Shadows. Do these do the same thing?
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Why isn't saving photos as TIFF files a popular choice by DSLR manufacturers?

Why do many DSLRs have the option to save in RAW or JPEG but not in TIFF? It would be useful to save it as a TIFF file using lossless compression. It would be a midway between RAW and JPEG. Is it ...
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Does the selection of sRGB or Adobe RGB in camera when shooting RAW ever matter?

In talking to a colleague of mine yesterday, we got onto the subject of color spaces in digital photography. He's a Nikon buff, I use Canon (specifically, an EOS 50D); I don't know if that is relevant ...
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What is the best free software to edit NEF photos? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography and just starting to take photo in RAW format. I haven't found a difference in quality of color adjustment editing between ViewNX (free software coming with my Nikon d5100) and ...
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Why do I get two JPEG files instead of RAW+JPEG when transfering to my computer from my Nikon D5100?

I have a Nikon D5100 and I want to shoot RAW and JPG at the same time. I select RAW+N (RAW plus Normal Size JPG). Now when I export the shots to my computer I end up with two files called DSC_0123 ...
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Why does Lightroom 4 CR2 “Edit in Photoshop” make a TIF file?

when I right-click an image (CR2) and select "Edit in Photoshop" Lightroom first creates a TIF. Can I turn this off? Or what is the point? Is this actually useful? I normally optimize the Raw-File in ...
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Why would one want to include the original RAW inside of a DNG?

I'm interested in starting to convert my photos to DNG instead of NEF, because it allows Lightroom to embed it's metadata into the actual files, and because the "fast indexing" feature makes ...
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Why do my sRGB exports from Lightroom look different from RAW files shown in the program even though my monitor can only show sRGB?

I have read tons of docs about color management over the Web, but there is something I can't understand. I have a screen that can only render the RGB color space. It is very well calibrated using ...
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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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Does shooting my photos in RAW and converting them help to correct small spots of dust on the lens?

I have found a statement on one of Russian sites: They (photographs) often shoot in RAW, and it, in turn, removes various small spots in the form of dust on the lens when converting. Is it ...
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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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How can I view Nikon RAW files as I transfer them to my Windows computer?

When I download my raw (Nikon NEF) files from my camera I just connect a USB cord that came with my camera and download the files off of the card. My question is, is it possible to view the files I am ...
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Using long exposures to make videos?

I would like to make a video that essentially shows a long exposure progressing as it is exposed. Essentially it would be initially dark and gradually get lighter. Lights that pass in front of the ...
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How to delete “unused” raw files which have no .jpg match?

I shoot RAW+JPG, namely NEF and JPG. After viewing sometimes hundreds of images (using a simple program) and deleting the JPGs, I have many unnecessary leftover NEF files. If there was a script to ...
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How can I get white balance support for Canon EOS 1100D in UFRaw?

I have a Canon EOS 1100D and I'd like to edit my raw pictures using Gimp. I've installed Ufraw but it says that there are is no white balance presets for my camera model. How can I make it work and ...
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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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What adjustments are specific to RAW files?

When I edit a RAW file in Photoshop or Nikon's ViewNX 2 software, there's a wide range of things I can adjust. For example, when I open a RAW file in Photoshop, I see the following options: White ...
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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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How do I avoid white color in the sky near my subject with HDR photos?

I have created a HDR image from a single raw file. The way I have created it was Open the RAW file in Photoshop camera raw. Do some adjustments like enhancing the color, cropping etc. Exporting the ...
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Which Windows raw image viewer can only show jpeg, but on delete both raw and jpeg?

I'm searching for an image viewer with the following features: (situation is, that both jpeg and raw are saved) windows (7) support when clicking through pictures only show jpeg when deleting photo, ...
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Raw photos in Aperture 3

When Aperture 3 sees the raw photos on the camera for import the photos look good. Then when they are imported and Aperture processes them they then change into black or digital noise and not one is ...
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Why did my Canon EOS 450D fail to save the entire photo?

After not being used for three months I got this (bottom right corner cropped from processed raw image by Canon's DFP): (original RAW is available for download here: ...
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Why are my 14-bit RAW files being saved as 8-bit on my computer?

I shoot a Canon 5D Mark ii at the highest quality setting. RAW files on this camera are supposed to be 14 bit, but when I save them on my computer, they are all being converted somehow to 8 bit. I use ...
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Converting RAW images to lossless jpeg using GIMP?

I have a Raw image which I want to get printed. I need to upload this to a website which expects to be in jpeg format. I use GIMP for photo editing and used UFRaw to view RAW images. GIMP cannot ...
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How can I easily convert a large number of pictures from RAW to scaled down JPG?

I have a collection of shots from the same session in RAW and want to covert all of them to JPG. Each one should have a curve applied, then be scaled and sharpened using the same settings. What is ...
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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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Is “saturation” an image-processing concept?

Image saturation is a concept used to describe the purity or intensity of color in an image, such that an image with very little saturation approaches a black and white image. Pink, then, is said to ...
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How do I decide between “RAW as Master” and “JPEG as Master” when importing RAW+JPEG into Aperture?

I guess this comes down to an Aperture question and a more general post-processing question. I've been shooting RAW+JPEG and importing both to Aperture with the RAW image set as the master. But I've ...