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What does an unprocessed RAW file look like?

I know people use fancy software like Lightroom or Darktable to post-process their RAW files. But what if I don't? What does the file look like, just, y'know, RAW?
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Are there reasons to use colour filters with digital cameras?

Digital photos can have colour filters applied after the fact by software, so are there any good reasons to use colour filters with a digital camera? As I understand it, the main reason for them ...
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What's it called when white objects or white backgrounds become blue in photographs?

Sometimes when I take photos with my smartphone, the white objects or the white backgrounds become blue. Most of the time it happens when the location is a bit shadowed, but sometimes it happens in ...
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What is the meaning of “white balance”?

I would like to understand the term white balance. My camera has settings for white balance with the following options: Auto white balance Daylight Cloudy Shade Flash Incandescent lights White set1 / ...
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Lots of noise in my hockey pictures. What am I doing wrong?

I often take pictures of hockey players but they have a lot of noise and look very bad. I guess my lens doesn't have a big enough aperture, but I'd like to know what I could do to take better shots. I ...
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Blown out blue/red light making photos look out of focus

I've only recently started taking photos and got into shooting concerts in a small venue that has neither a pit, nor proper lighting. All they use is some kind of simple LED array. The thing is ...
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RAW files store 3 colors per pixel, or only one?

Ken Rockwell says that camera makers consider the individual R/G/B sensors when they talk about megapixels. So the image below would be a 6x6 pixel camera, not 3x3 as you would imagine. If that's ...
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Is the white balance wrong in these field poppy pictures?

Yesterday I went out to take some pictures of a field of poppies next to my home. There seems to be something wrong with the color in most of the pictures. The first one of the following 3 pictures is ...
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How do I find the right whitebalance for a night cityscape?

There are a number of articles on the net saying how to properly set WB for night shots. Specifically for cityscapes. For example, one of them says to use fixed Kelvin values like 2500 for nice blue ...
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Why is the range for manual white balance so limited at the bottom and top?

I am learning about white balance and everything related to it. Minimal setting for white balance in Lightroom is limited to 2000K (for example the candle light can be around 1600K). I remember one ...
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How do I find the right white balance value to set in my camera?

As I understand White Balancing means - making a particular color look as it should have been irrespective of what color the Ambient Light is. i.e A white paper must look white not blueish grey(cool) ...
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Why are high white balance temperatures redder when warmer objects are bluer?

I know it's dumb to ask this type of questions. But, I still don't get this. I've read the "Black body" story and know that when it's heated, it gives off colors; 'warm' colors (red→orange→yellow..) ...
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How to cancel purple stage lighting on subjects?

HI! So, I shot a live band that played under purple stage lights. Most acts have strong colored LED lights affecting the subject's skin and I'd like to know how to tone these colors down when I'm ...
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What is the difference between auto white balance and custom white balance?

I have used both modes on my Canon 550D and found the results to be quite different, particularly indoors under fluorescent light. Auto white balance seems to produce yellowish images at times, while ...
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What's the color temperature of target illumination of white balance?

Based on my googling, some web sites said neutral color temperature is about 4000K. But that is not consistent with color temperature locus (black body locus) in CIE xy chromaticity diagram. According ...

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