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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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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? [duplicate]

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 archive, ...
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How to interpret various curves present in post-processing applications?

Could anyone to explain me or point me to some resource which explains how to interpret various curves in post-processing applications ? I'm using UFRaw, and RawStudio.
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How to apply settings used on one RAW to a set of RAW images in Canon Digital Photo Professional?

I am using Canon's Digital Photo Professional. Please give me solutions for Canon's DPP. I am not interesting in buying Lightroom, Photoshop, or using other applications such as the GIMP, etc. What I ...
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Do colors always come out bland when shooting in RAW format?

I shoot all my pictures in RAW format and every time during post processing I need to tinker with the saturation because the color comes out bland. I do realize that changing camera saturation level ...
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Why is my RAW import not displaying properly?

I normally take my shots in RAW and normally work happily with them in Gimp on Linux. I have recently moved to a new shiny Windows laptop with Photoshop. I have imported some shoots using Lightroom 3 ...
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Should I recalculate white balance for all my pictures after moving from iPhoto to Aperture?

I been shooting in RAW since I got my DSLR about a year ago (why not? storage space? that gets bigger and bigger all the time) and I kept storing my pictures in iPhoto, but this week I moved to ...
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Is there a one-click technique to create a “better” JPEG from RAW than the in-camera JPEG?

When looking around at HDR and Tone Mapping, and looking at the examples on the Photomatix homepage, I see examples that read: Result after applying the Tone Mapping tool (Original RAW file ...
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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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When shooting HDR, is it better to use RAW images or jpgs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I convert RAW to jpeg before making an HDR? I just recently started shooting HDR images, and I like the effect when it's done right. I was just wondering, when I ...
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What causes this sort of RAW file corruption?

I came home from a recent trip to Gettysburg with almost 1500 photos. Among them were a handful that appear to have been corrupted, as shown below. It was hot during the hikes -- ambient temperature ...
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Where does Lightroom keep the original raw file?

Yesterday I realized that for the last import I did with Lightroom I don't have the original RAW files from the camera's SD. In the memory card I have only the RAW file and when I import them in ...
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What camera settings may affect a RAW photo?

I know this is too general question, but I'll give it a try.. About an hour research in photo.SE, I found some question, that are related to this one: Does the camera white balance setting affect ...
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Preserving SRW files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make sure my RAW files are readable in the future? I'm using GNU/Linux and am an open format guy, so I have a proprietary SRW file from my Samsung camera. Now, ...
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How do I start with in-camera JPEG settings in Lightroom?

I'm a novice shooting in RAW and find that half the time my camera JPEG images come out better than my Lightroom tweaks to RAW files. So to give myself a better start I'd like to apply the JPEG ...
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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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Can I open and edit a specific layer in Camera Raw?

While editing this picture, which was shot in JPEG, at one point some noise got added to the sky after I increased the saturation. I knew that the luminance noise reduction in ACR would take care of ...
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Do different “Picture styles” affect RAW output?

I was reading again the manual of my camera (Canon 50D, but I am sure that each DSLR offer the same kind of functionality, albeit I don't know the exact names adopted) and noticed the issue of Picture ...
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How can I reproduce the camera-internal postprocessing?

I just started playing around with raw images. When opening the raw image in Raw Therapee, it looks completely different than the JPEG produced by the camera: (left is raw, right is JPEG) I ...
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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 is colour balancing performed in post processing of raw images

I had asked a question previously here which though not duplicate but is related to this. Asking this one as I feel it is different. My question is basically related to colour balancing/colour ...
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Why does the “As Shot White XY” metadata tag change even when WB is set manually?

I am capturing raw images using N900 camera. It gives me DNG files. I have some question regarding the colour temperature of these raw images. Objective: I am trying to map the CIE-XY Camera white ...
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Why do my photos get much smaller when sending .cr2 files from ufraw to gimp?

I am using ufraw to open .cr2 raw files in gimp, but I'm experiencing a strange issue. The .cr2 files are some 7Mb large. A typical dimension could be, for instance, 2374x1591, as reported by my ...
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What do the different noise reduction options in Silkypix mean?

I'm playing around with RAW files in Silkypix that came with my Panasonic camera and I am thoroughly confused by the sliders for the noise reduction and the Silkypix manual isn't of much help (at ...
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How can I improve the results of my proprietary RAW processing pipeline?

I am doing some experiment with Raw image processing using two post processing tools: Adobe PhotoShop (PS) CS5 Proprietary Image processing pipeline code. Data Capture: I captured some raw ...
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Is there a way to delete RAW files from Aperture?

I currently shoot everything in RAW+JPEG and import into Aperture as pairs. I have a large number of photos that I have not (and will not) make adjustments to and it would be nice to remove the RAW ...
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Why does the RAW file format take up so much more space than JPEG?

When I have it set to the highest JPG quality, my 8GB card can hold about 1000 images. If I switch to RAW format, it drops the capacity to about 200 images. So why do images captured as RAW take up 5 ...
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How many bits of data are typically actually captured by a digital camera sensor?

In a comment on this question someone suggested that camera sensors typically only output 12-14 bits of data. I was surprised because that would mean that 24 bits of color is only useful for doing ...