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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 are the pros and cons when shooting in RAW vs JPEG?

In general shooting in RAW format uses a lot more file storage than JPEG. What am I gaining when shooting RAW? Besides file size are there any downsides to shooting RAW?
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Windows Canon Raw Codec

Is there a codec to view thumbnails for Canon CR2 files in windows explorer. I have install the microsoft camera codec pack and looked on the Canon website here: ...
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What corrections does MS Camera Codec Pack apply?

When viewing raw images with Windows Photo Viewer via the M$ Camera Codec Pack, images appear different than when viewing with any other editor (UFRaw, RawTherapee, etc). Here's an example: I opened ...
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What free raw processing programs can use ColorChecker DCP profiles?

I know that Lightroom can use the ColorChecker Passport profiles. But can other free program (on windows) use the DCP profile directly? It seems that RawTherapee can use it but after decompiling the ...
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How can I make a non-PRO Eye-fi transfer RAW files?

I have an Eye-Fi card, and it looks like it's not the PRO series, and therefore not allowed to transfer RAW images. The card transfers JPG files without problem, but not RAW. If I rename a RAW file to ...
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How much of a difference is there saving as RAW over JPEG? [duplicate]

I've heard about RAW over JPEG's for image quality but how much of a difference is there? is there a way of showing a visual representation in quality?
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Jpeg images are zoomed and ORF files are not in Lightroom 5

I am using Lightroom 5 and imported jpeg and raw images from my OMD EM1 shot with the 12-40mm kit zoom lens. Some of the jpeg images seem to be zoomed while the raw (orf) images are not for the same ...
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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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How to open a raw file in Camera Raw full size rather than cropped to in-camera aspect ratio?

On a recent photography holiday I took a number of photographs using the in camera option to change the image size to, for example, 16 x 9. The native image size of the camera is 4:3. I transferred ...
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Lightroom destroying RAWs during import [migrated]

When I import raws (5D mark III and/or 6d) into Lightroom (5.5- 5.7) it sometimes does this to to actual file during import: The files on the card are normal and undamaged. Anybody got an idea how ...
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Why are my NEF photos unusually dark in RawTherapee?

I've just started using RAW/NEF files and came across this problem with dark images. I've been reading a bit and I know that an application I open my NEFs with must do some processing to show what ...
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Why store both JPEG and raw?

DSLRs often have the ability to store both a JPEG and a raw file. Given that the primary benefit of in-camera JPEG over raw is the smaller filesize, and that JPEG+raw is going to store even more data ...
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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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What is the purpose of gamma correction in today's screens and how does it relate to graphics and photography?

I am getting quite confused with the purpose of gamma correction and the relationship between gamma corrected and uncorrected images in terms of graphics and photography as well as color management in ...
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What tools are available for RAW image processing in Linux?

I have been taking photographs with RAW format. What tools are available for working with RAW under Linux?
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How to match colors on photographs stitched together?

I wish to create a high resolution picture of two paintings, each in three parts for printing in a book, each across two pages that each measure around 12.5"x10". One painting is a triptych of three ...
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Artifacts in shadows, RAW format

Does anyone know how to get rid of these atrifacts in shadows? Examples shot with Canon 5D in RAW. @James Snell: I respond to your remark about artifacts: here are 2 pics in PNG as you asked me. ...
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RAF (Fujifilm RAW) preview on a Mac

Is there a way to see the preview of the RAW files from my Fuji X10 (extension .RAF) while I use Finder on my MacBook? Photoshop CS6 correctly opens these files but I must open them one by one...
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How can I edit the capture date in Nikon raw file

I have a problem importing some P340 raw images into LR5. The issue is that the camera date appears to have been set wrong. (I say appears to as most images are correct, but some - around midnight ...
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.CR2 pictures damaged and corrupted

Last night, I shot 400+ pictures with my Canon 650d. I was happy until I plugged my memory card into my card reader. The .CR2 files look okay, but when I import them to Lightroom, an error shows up: ...
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Which is a better way to store your photos? RAW or TIFF?

I have read posts that alot of photographers are using RAW to store photos. But the problem I am having is that how do you people view the photos easily when you need them? In the beginning I have ...
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Is there an easy way to convert all my photos from .NEF to .JPG for upload to Facebook?

I'm using the Adobe CS5 suite and trying to upload all of my pictures to Facebook... and .NEF files are too large to upload, any suggestions?
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If I'm editing in Photoshop, is there any advantage to using Camera Raw directly rather than Lightroom first?

If an image is to be edited in Photoshop eventually, is it better to do the initial raw file processing in Lightroom, or should I use Camera Raw inside Photoshop to apply the same settings I would ...
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Digikam RAW import: Preview

I'm using Digikam to organzie my photos and use the direct import from my Nikon camera. Using JPEG pictures, I can select some of them by the preview and import pictures selectively into different ...
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How can I open CR2 files with Photoshop CS4's ACR?

When I try to open from within Photoshop, through Open as, then Camera Raw, it lists this extension but doesn't open the file. I need an explanation in a "for dummies" version. This is my second day ...
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Should I store RAW file or DNG for backing up [duplicate]

I have decided to store my photos for back-up. I am struggling with file type. Should I store the RAW file that comes from camera or DNG file where all my editing has been stored.
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What Is The Scale Of The Y Axis of The Histogram in Lightroom / ACR?

I understand the concept of histograms. I understand that the x-axis represents the luminosity range from min to max for either all channels or RGB individually, and I understand that the y-axis ...
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Lightroom/ACR Histogram Shape

If I open a raw file in ACR or Lightroom and move the exposure slider, why does the shape of the histogram change? If all I'm doing is changing the exposure, I would expect the shape itself to remain ...
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DPP output is not sharp

I am using DPP (Digital Photo Professional by Canon) for post processing. Not sure what is wrong with it, but every time I produce an image (.JPEG) out of raw (.CR2) file, it turns blurry. I tried all ...
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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 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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Why does Darktable show D5300 RAW (.NEF) in pink in darkroom?

I just installed Darktable, in lighttable mode my raw files are shown proper but in darkroom it shows pinkish. e.g. File https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33211952/dsc_0013.nef Screenshot ...
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Easiest way to have Lightroom destructively replace RAW files with TIFF files?

I shoot RAW, but would prefer to have computer files in TIFF. For me, TIFF opens much faster and I can use external programs (some of which I've written). The sacrifice in disk space is worth it. Is ...
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My RAW .NEF files cant show properly in windows 7 image viewer

I have a problem showing .NEF files on windows 7 image viewer. First I can see all my .NEF files thumbnails correctly on windows explorer, but once I double click one of it, it show the photos ...
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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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Does converting RAW files to TIFF lose image quality?

Before I found out about Camera Raw, I used to convert my photos from RAW to TIFF, using the XNVIEW convertor, downloaded from the Internet. My question is whether I lost image quality or anything ...
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Where is a camera's preview image stored, when shooting in RAW?

When you take pictures in RAW, the camera stores a preview image (possibly jpeg) that it shown on the screen using white balance and other adjustments set in the camera. Where is this information ...
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Use Lightroom as a photo editor only, without catalogueing?

I'm looking for a raw photo editor/developer application for my Nikon D5100. The two obvious choices are Capture NX2 and Lightroom. I'm new to this whole thing, I read a lot about them, played a bit ...
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How can I see the *real* raw values from a raw file? [duplicate]

I want to do some performance tests concerning what the ISO setting "really does", whether ETTR makes sense, measure the noise, etc. on my camera. Rather than look at the pixels after it's been Bayer ...
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Why use JPEG instead of RAW?

Why would a photographer want to capture images using the JPEG format over an available RAW format? The obvious argument is memory card storage, but assume that my available memory card storage is ...
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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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Is there a free utility which can adjust the white balance of Canon CR2 RAW files?

For Nikon I can use the free ViewNX / ViewNX 2 to adjust the white balance for NEF raw files. Is there an equivalent from Canon for CR2 files (also free)?
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Is there software on Macintosh for adding GPS data to RAW files?

I want to add GPS location to RAW photos (from my EOS7D) using location data from my iPhone 5. Aperture doesn't save the data I added unless I export the RAW files as JPEGs. I've searched the site ...
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Can I update the Camera Raw part of Lightroom?

I have Lightroom 4.4 and am not willing to buy the 5 update because it has nothing I could use – except support for new camera RAW formats. Then I see that the DNG converter is available for free ...
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Working on JPEG saved from RAW is this the same as working on RAW ?

I have a few questions about the RAW format. It may be silly but I love that some explanations on the subject. First of all, I know that RAW has many advantages over JPEG for post-production (in my ...
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How do popular free RAW editor/converter compare to each other on Windows?

I'm looking for a free RAW editor/converter on Windows. Can you tell me some strong/weak points of them comparing with Capture NX and/or Adobe Photoshop Elements? RawTherapee PhotoFiltre Able RAWer ...
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How to resize RAW image files without converting to JPEG?

How can I resize RAW image files (.NEF) from 12 Megapixels to about 5 megapixels without converting them to JPG?
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My DSLR Canon generates Raw and JPEG images of same size

Recently i started facing this problem of not getting RAW (CR2) images larger than the JPEG images when I select options RAW+L (quality setting of the camera). Initially I was getting almost 11MB of ...
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Older Lightroom and newer Camera (e.g. Lightroom 4.4 and EOS 70D) - will it work?

Currently I'm using Lightroom 4.4 and I do not plan to upgrade at the moment. But I want to buy the new EOS 70D. Today I read that Lightroom 5.2 will support the EOS 70D raw-format. So what did this ...
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Effect of color space on RAW? [duplicate]

It's documented that WB setting doesn't affect the RAW data — just the preset develop settings. But what about the color space? I'm wondering whether setting sRGB (vs Adobe RGB) in the body ...