Celebrate RAW! :)

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  1. EJBPhoto

    EJBPhoto TPF Noob!

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    I finally switched over today and honestly? I'm so glad I did. So much more control. I underexposed this by a stop but being able to fix it later on was such a help. It's just my mother with a lot of pping to make her look younger ;) If you haven't switched to RAW yet but you're intimidated- its SO easy and so spectacular. Ps. These were taken with my 50mm 1.8.

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    Thanks for looking. CC welcome if you'd like :)
     
  2. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    I know, now don't you wish you could go back and take old shots in RAW? I like how much sharper they are, when you're working with huge DOF, you can really tell what's in focus instead of seeing everything all mashed together.
     
  3. EJBPhoto

    EJBPhoto TPF Noob!

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    mmmmhmmm I know what you mean :) I took this at f/1.8 and it was tack sharp when I opened it
     
  4. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    Oh yeah, I can't stand Jpegs for soul reason that they're soft form NR and Anti-aliasing filters. The only problem I have is sometimes my 17-55 is too sharp and I get aliasing.
     
  5. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh yesssss!
    So very, very, very, VERY much!!!

    Congrats to "the step", and this is a nice photo of your mom.
    I want the 50mm 1.8 lens, too (have I mentioned that ever in the past some 6 months or so?).

    Oh. Erm :scratch: ... what is aliasing?
     
  6. EJBPhoto

    EJBPhoto TPF Noob!

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    Oh get it, it's so cheap and its such a great lens! I want the 85mm soon I think... Then possibly the 30 next. I'm a prime kind of girl.

    Thanks for commenting yall
     
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    d1a1s1 TPF Noob!

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    Hold on a second here. At the risk of starting the whole raw vs. jpg discussion...actually...that might be impossible. Im just going to switch to raw first, ask questions later.
     
  8. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    Aliasing is nasty,

    Fashion shooters call it Moire or spacial aliasing, it's basically when, say the cloth patterns line up with the sensor grid pattern. It looks like this: [​IMG]

    I've never gotten this off my camera, but I have different aliasing problem when there's a small object with a really tight pattern. It only happens when i'm using REALLY sharp lenses. It looks like a grid:

    This is a peice of a RAW file at 100% magnification. You can see individual pixels off my sensor on the grill of that SUV.
    [​IMG]

    not pretty eh? It usually only happens on cameras that don't' have hardware anti-aliasing filters. I'm pretty sure that all Nikon's have software anti-aliasing filters, but all it does is blur the image.
     
  9. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh, thanks!
    I only have the cheap run-of-the-mill lenses, so that is probably why I have never come across this phenomenon so far.
     
  10. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, that and I'm 99% sure that canon has a physical filter in front of the sensor to prevent this, but at the same time it reduces contrast, that's why you need unsharp mask. The SUV i posted is straight out of my camera as a RAW, no sharpening, no nothing whatsoever.
     
  11. JaimeGibb

    JaimeGibb TPF Noob!

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    What's RAW?!?!

    :):):)
     
  12. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    RAW is the raw sensor data from the digital camera. If your camera allows shooting in this file type it is often a 8-20MB image with no camera processing done at all. Software can read this in all it's 12bit glory and convert it to normal images.

    The best part is most people are intimidated by the file size, but why keep it like that? Once your image is final there's no reason to keep it as a raw. Save it as a high quality JPEG and you're done.
     

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