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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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Does the selection of sRGB or Adobe RGB in camera when shooting RAW ever matter?

I shoot RAW essentially 100% of the time, and have the in-camera color space setting at AdobeRGB (sRGB is also offered). The raw converter in turn is set to produce sRGB output files. As I understand ...
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Why do RAW images in Darktable have a lot of noise?

I installed the latest version of Darktable from the Ubuntu PPA from their homepage (1.6.8). When I import RAW ges from a folder they all seem to have a lot of noise. I opened the exact same images ...
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Is there a way to set white balance of a RAW to match the preview JPEG?

When I view ARWs in Lightroom, I sometimes find the white balance of the embedded preview JPEG to be perfect, so I'd like to apply it to the RAW. How do that I do that in LR or other (free) software? ...
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Which raw settings should I stick to or avoid to keep my photo “natural”?

It's easy to fall on the "too-much" side when playing with raw editing software. I guess it is mainly a matter of moderation, and the question might raise criticism over his broadness, yet I am still ...
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How many exposure stops can I “recover” from a RAW file?

I shoot RAW because the Pros say "shoot RAW". I also shoot bracketed because in a lot of situations (landscape for instance) I can blend them and expose both the terrain and sky correctly. But my ...
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What are similarities and differences between raw editing and film developing capabilities?

Raw images are supposed to be detailed output from the camera sensor(s), with more details that what can actually be printed or displayed on a screen. Effects like exposure compensation or white ...
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Is there any engineering proof to which type of memory card is more reliable

Between a SD card and a Compact Flash card for using in camera, which I write RAW images of 40 mega byes on it, sometimes in burst mode and never for video, Is there any technical reason to favor SD ...
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How to test whether two RAW files have identical contents (but potentially different tags)?

If I have two RAW files, how I can test whether they are indeed the same but with merely different tags? (By "the same" I mean "the same data from the sensor".) If it matters, the format I'm ...
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Why are my RAW images corrupt but the previews okay? [duplicate]

So I shot photos for my robotics team at an event this weekend and ~95% of them are corrupt. The JPG previews from the camera are fine, but when Adobe Bridge generates its own preview, the corruption ...
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Is a RAW-only camera economically justified? [closed]

Is a digital camera which could only take RAW images economically justified? considering that RAW files may need less in-camera processing.
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Are RAWs in bracketed exposure (mostly) redundant?

When I my camera takes RAW+JPEG with bracketed exposure (-1/0/+1 EV), it seems to me that the only difference that could logically exist between the RAW images is the shutter speed. If I assume that ...
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Why do my RAW (.nef) files have a reddish hue in Picasa 3?

I recently bought a Nikon D3300 with the 18-55mm VR II Kit Lens and decided to take a few test shots to see how it handles and get to know the position of the buttons. I watched a D3300 tutorial by ...
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Why does file size increase so much when converting from RAW to TIFF?

I have been converting .CR2 files (Canon's RAW format) to TIFF files to make a timelapse video in Photoshop. Upon doing so I was astonished to realise that the file size rocketed from 23.9MB in the ...
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Why I am I getting only very small RAW images from my Canon camera?

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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In terms of “image quality”, is the sensor the only spec of a DSLR I should look at when shooting RAW?

There are so many specs which don't have any influence on your RAW file. I'm trying to isolate the factors that matter for image quality only. For example, I'm not sure about the processor : of ...
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How could I have improved post-processing on this Milky Way shot?

Last week I went about 40 minutes north of St. Louis to Pere Marquette state park with my family. We went out to watch the meteor shower, and I tried to set up to take some Milky Way shots. I ran ...
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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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How to automatically apply a Lightroom Preset based on appropriate (Canon) Picture Style on import

Note: I do not believe this question is a duplicate of "How to emulate the in-camera processing into lightroom" (I referred to this question in my question) I just want that my monochrome images stay ...
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Image Data Converter's RAW (ARW) changes not visible in Photoshop?

When I edit my ARW file with Sony's Image Data Converter and reopen the file in Photoshop, I don't see any differences in there. Why is this? Can I give Photoshop the modified version losslessly ...
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Do I lose dynamic range or detail when converting from CR2 to DNG? [duplicate]

I have CS5.1 which does not support Canons RAW format using Camera RAW on a 60D, so I must change to DNG format before using CS5.1 Do I lose any quality or dynamic range from this conversion?
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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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Why won't my Canon 6D RAW file import into Photoshop CS5.1 after installing Camera Raw?

I have installed Adobe Camera Raw on my computer, but I cannot open a RAW file in CS5.1 Extended from a Canon 6D. What am I missing? Error message: Could not complete your request because the ...
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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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Why do some Windows programs show some of my RAW images with a purple tint?

Yesterday I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D5300. It works great and I have no complaints, however I'm having a strange issue. In some programs, like UFRaw, as a desktop image, and in one of the Windows ...
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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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How do I accurately and objectively capture the color of the setting sun?

I'm taking a photo of the setting sun, and want to capture the color of the sun accurately and objectively. If we're talking about reflected right, I understand that the camera can't distinguish ...
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Freeware/FOSS Image Editor for a beginner [duplicate]

I'm getting my first DSLR (a Nikon D5300) Tuesday and I want to have my software ready. However, I can't justify paying for Photoshop or any other expensive programs. I have found several free or ...
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Will resizing JPEGs result in a compromise in my image?

I have several images for print, and only after deleting the original RAW files did I remember I needed to resize the images for print. Will resizing JPEGs result in a compromise in my image? They ...
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Possible to open photo straight to Adobe Camera Raw?

Is there any way to open a photo straight into Adobe Camera Raw without loading Photoshop or anything? I am trying to use my own program to browse my DNG photos and I would like to be able to open ...
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Why does my Lightroom/Photoshop preview change after loading?

Everybody who is using Lightroom probably has seen this: You have imported RAW files. Lightroom shows a preview, but contrast and color of the preview change after a few short seconds to a slightly ...
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RAW processing programs for Canon 6D

I am getting a Canon 6D next week and would like to check what my RAW processing program options are, other than the in-the-box Canon Digital Photo Professional. I am currently using Photoshop ...
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DNG converter doesn't convert, Photoshop CS2 doesn't open DNG

I am working on OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) with Photoshop CS2. I want to open RAW files from a Sony-RX100. The Adobe help page says I need the DNG converter 7.2 to convert RX100 RAW files into DNG. To ...
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How to open CR2 files that were not properly pulled from memory card [duplicate]

So I'm very new to all this so please understand my pure panic here... During a shoot the other day I had to quickly dump a card on my hard drive before erasing it and continuing shooting. The images ...
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Is there any Flickr/Picasa Web service to store and share RAW files?

I have RAW files I would like to store in the cloud. Which are my options?
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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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I can't open Sony A58's RAW files on Photoshop CS6 with Camera Raw 7.1 — what can I do?

I can't open my A58's raw files (.awr) on photoshop CS6 (Camera Raw plugin 7.1) is there any chance to update my camera plugin manually or convert the file?
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Why don't Lightroom or PSE recognize CR2 files from my Canon 7D mk II even though they are up to date?

I ordered a Canon 7D mark II (to replace a stolen 7D),and shot a friend's wedding in RAW. But now, I can only view the pictures in very poor quality on my computer's photo viewer. I am not able to ...
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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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Why does my camera record a .JPG image and .NEF image on my memory card? [duplicate]

When I looked my photos in my computer, two images appeared. One is a JPG image and another one is a NEF image. I'd already formatted my memory card but there's no change at all. What should I do? The ...
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What is RAW, technically?

From a technical perspective, what exactly is RAW and how does it differ from JPG or bitmap images? I'm not asking about the pros/cons versus another format, but rather what constitutes RAW format, ...
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Why don't cameras have metering modes that expose RAW files to the right?

Cameras could do ETTR quicker and more accurately than humans, and without the risk of actually clipping any pixels. The camera could then write a field to the RAW metadata telling the viewer home ...
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Is it possible to get raw data from the camera on older android phones?

I'm trying to find apps for my rooted Galaxy S3 mini that will override the software involved in image processing so that instead of jpg files, the readout from the sensor will be stored. I was ...
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Why do RAW images look worse than JPEGs in editing programs?

I've found that when you load a RAW image into an editing program such as Lightroom/Aperture, the image is usually worse than if you just took the image as JPEG. Now I understand that the camera does ...
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Best way to backup/edit RAW photos while travelling abroad with bad Internet access? [duplicate]

This question is a duplicate. In particular a duplicate of these questions: How can I backup my RAW photos while travelling without Internet access? How can I backup my photos while travelling? ...
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Archiving JPGs instead of RAWs in Lightroom

I usually shoot in RAW and have a pretty decent photo collection. Given the size of RAW files, I'd like to archive only rendered JPGs for parts of my Lightroom catalog. Is there any way to do this, ...
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What's the resolution of the embedded JPEG preview in a Canon 7D MkII RAW image?

Simple question: What is the resolution of the JPG image that is embedded in RAW files shot at the highest resolution on a Canon 7D MkII body? Backstory: With Photos and iCloud Photo Library, it ...
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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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Will excluding RAW files from iPhoto library increase performance?

Curious if others are in a similar situation. After I've gone and curated an group of photos, made any edits etc, I've been thinking about converting photos to jpeg, and putting raw files in cold ...
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How to get a full-screen preview of a cropped area in RawTherapee?

I've used the crop tool in RawTheraee to crop a raw image: Is there a way to full-screen preview the cropped section prior to exporting?
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Opening NEF files in older versions of Photoshop

My camera is Nikon D-810 and I shot in RAW and my software is Adobe Creative Cloud so it is always updated and open RAW files with no problem. But Now I have given my RAW files that are .NEF to ...