Benefits of shooting in RAW

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  1. amberl

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    What are the benefits of shooting your photography in the RAW format?

    I have no idea if it matters but I have the Canon Rebel XSI
     
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    In simple terms - RAW will give you more control over the photo in photo-editing software. If you shoot RAW and make an underexposed shot with poor white balance, you can change it on the computer and get pretty good results, while JPEG offers you very limited editing capability if your shot turns out bad.

    Here is the first link I clicked off Google that might be helpful for you.

    RAW vs JPG
     
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    You can make HDRs of moving images!! :D Thats what I like about it :greenpbl:
     
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    Ren Kockwell is not the person to be linking to when it comes to Jpeg vs RAW... if there is one thing i vehemently disagree with him on, it's his opinions on RAW.

    If you're like Rockwell and shoot 99% family snapshots, than YES, jpeg is the superior format because who the hell cares of the family snapshots are 100% technically to the max? alot of general grab shots i do when i'm with the family are shot jpeg Medium size Basic quality. because i dont' give a f*** about them and i dont' want to process them.

    But for when you're taking pictures of things you actually want to look really nice, than yes, RAW is absolutely the best format because of the control you have. It's like going to an auto race driving an automatic(jpeg) instead of a manual(raw).

    you can find examples and examples of the differences. Also if you shoot Nikon, there's a huge difference in acuity. The RAW images through ACR are much much cleaner and sharper.
     
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    It depends on the mood. Mostly I would shoot in RAW, but there are occasions when you need to do it in JPG.
     
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    I just started editing RAW images yesterday....
    I love it, however...i never know when ive got it just right.
    Mine come out looking too fake.....
    Ill be checking out LCARS link as well!
     
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    Thanks for your help everyone
     
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    The benefits are immense, you have such control over your files but more important than that is the fact that you have all of the data that the camera captured. I did a full week on this on my web site with tons of examples and explanations FroKnowsPhoto
     
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    Think of RAW as your perpetual photo negative... You can convert it to any format, process it over and over again; quality stays the same and you always have an original for the future..
     
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    I stopped by your web site Fro--great stuff!!! Love your brand and logo man!
     

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