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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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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 ...
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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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In PhotoShop / Camera Raw, why are the default adjustments not all 0?

When importing a raw image to PhotoShop, the Camera Raw dialog lets you adjust the white balance as well as other settings. Now, adjusting the white balance at this stage makes perfect sense, is it ...
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Do the preset picture styles also affect the White Balance?

I started shooting RAW with my Canon 550D, and tried out different Picture Style settings on some of the images using the software provided by Canon (I am assuming that the Picture Style settings are ...
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What's the easiest way to deliver RAW images online to a client?

RAW images are very large in file size so sending them as email attachments doesn't work with gmail/yahoo because they have file size limits. This gets even more difficult when sending 50+ images at a ...
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Why does Picasa open RAW images correctly then desaturate them?

I have an Olympus E-PL2 and am taking photos in raw. I have the codec downloaded from Olympus, so I can view the photo with Picasa in Windows, and it looks fine but a few seconds after loading the ...
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What software can I use to process RAW images? [duplicate]

I took some raw images the other day and I found the lighting in some photos is very dim. I would like to enhance it as many say you have a lot of options to adjust different parameters in RAW. Which ...
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Should I use RAW or JPEG for wedding photography?

I am about to shoot in a wedding ceremony and would like to know, Should I shoot in RAW or JPEG? I asked a photographer (outside the US) and he said converting RAW into JPG changes color (or ...
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How to make Lightroom recognize geotags in NEF files?

I usually geotag my pictures with Picasa + Google Earth, while using Lightroom 3.4 for everything else. While this works fine with JPEG pictures, I've discovered that apparently LR doesn't recognize ...
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Will I lose image quality by adjusting white balance in post processing?

I understand that if I shoot in RAW, post processing software like Lightroom is capable of adjusting colour temperature and tint to my desire. Will I lose any image quality in process? Or is it as ...
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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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Can any point-and-shoot camera take RAW images?

Which point and shoot cameras support RAW images? Is there any way to take RAW images on unsupported cameras?
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Why are colors different between RAW and JPEG when both are viewed in Lightroom?

Yesterday I was shooting images of trees that were wrapped in the beautiful baby lights that stores put in holidays. I noticed, when I went back home and checked my photos, that there is a slight ...
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Is 14-bit RAW better than 12-bit RAW?

A regular JPEG image has only 8 bits to store information about the tone of each pixel. When storing the image in RAW format (for example, DNG), we can store tone using more bits per pixel, which ...
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What are the differences of bringing RAW or JPEG into Photoshop?

Most of my images are in RAW format. When I bring an image into Photoshop, does it make a difference whether it's a JPEG or RAW? I understand the difference between JPEGs and RAW images. I'm just ...
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How can I maintain high resolution when converting RAW images to tiff or jpeg?

I use Photoshop CS4. I use it a lot, but I don't have any experience with RAW files. I need a 600dpi image that is about 11 inches high (to be printed on a huge banner). I shot the photo in RAW ...
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Why are my NEF files damaged?

Can anyone help? After buying a Nikon D3100, I discovered that NEF files were not compatible with CS3, so at great expense, I bought CS5. Now... my raw NEF files are almost always corrupt when viewed ...
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Batch process RAW -> JPG with Photoshop or Lightroom (raw import)?

I have around ~1200 photos shot from an event. I was shooting to raw only. My ISO was quite high, 3200, but since my camera handles high isos perfectly (Canon 60D), all I need is to boost up the noise ...
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How to mass convert RAW images into JPEG in Lightroom 3?

I have 1000 raw photos that I would like to convert all to jpg. Is there a way I can do this all at once or can I only do it one by one?
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How to back up .NEF files to cloud in a simple and affordable way?

I'm looking for a way to easily and affordably make backups of my .NEF files. Ideally the solution should be: As simple and easy to use as Dropbox (or even be automatic plugin in Aperture or action ...
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How to delete JPG files, but only if the matching RAW file exists?

My early (Canon G2) photos are all JPG, but when I got my Nikon D90 I initially shot in JPG, then switched to RAW+JPG, and now I would like to switch to RAW only. I have literally thousands of photos ...
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Corrupt NEF files

I had some NEF files in a folder that I didn't do anything with. When importing them in Lightroom, no previews and a "file unsupported or damaged message" So I tried with Nikons ViewNX, nothing. Even ...
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What's your opinions on DNG format ? Positive and negative [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the advantages of shooting in a proprietary RAW format over DNG? I have several questions: - When I convert my Canon CR2 RAW file to Adobe DNG foramt to ...