Linked Questions

300
votes
16answers
57k views

Good examples of RAW's advantages over JPEG?

I'm curious to see some real examples of where simply capturing the same photo in RAW (and being processed by someone who can do it justice) has significantly improved the photo at the end of the ...
44
votes
14answers
8k views

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?
31
votes
5answers
39k views

How does the dynamic range of the human eye compare to that of digital cameras?

According to DxO tests, cameras have 10 to 12 stops of dynamic range. Is that correct? Noise can completely screw some lowers values (easily resulting in loss of some stops). Also Norman Koren says ...
9
votes
5answers
3k views

What's the difference between “Fake HDR” and real, bracketed exposure HDR?

As I began to brush up on my landscape photography skills I came across the polarizing (pun intended) issue of HDR photography. More specifically, I came across a well written blog post titled "Is a ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

What is difference between 8bit RGB and 16bit RGB?

Most of time when I open any images to Photoshop, it shows 8bit RGB format, but I have also seen 16bit RGB. As a trial, I copied one image and pasted it into a 16bit RGB blank image, but I didn't get ...
4
votes
3answers
662 views

Why is exposure correctable in RAW [duplicate]

I have been reading some tutorials and documentation on Rawtherapee software, specifically its exposure compensation. I am curious how exposure is correctable after the RAW image is captured? For ...
2
votes
4answers
211 views

What technical terms or rules of thumb do I need to understand for a black and white conversion of a photo? [duplicate]

Below is a photo taken by me: Below is a photo I found on internet: There are some visible differences between the two. One is dull and the other has visible blacks and whites. I feel I need to ...
3
votes
1answer
135 views

Photoshop Image mode and bit depth

When I edit my pictures I always work in 16 bit mode because I know I have more color space where I can move so I can avoid issues like banding. At the same time I realised that there's an advanced ...
1
vote
1answer
187 views

Problems with HDR regarding bit depth and file type

When I merge my brackets with Lightroom it's always 8-bit and in HDR Efx Pro 2 it's also in 8- or 16-bit. When I use PS to merge brackets I can convert it to 32-bit but then I can't post-process it ...
0
votes
2answers
149 views

Scanning - Why use a reduced bit depth?

I'm watching a Lynda.com course named "Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design" (https://www.lynda.com/Design-Digital-Illustration-tutorials/Scanning-Techniques-for-Photography-Art-and-...