Shooting in RAW

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    I am new here and usually shoot in "jpeg?" I have tried to shoot in RAW bit when I do, my computer won't open up the images and I don't know why. For editing software, I have PSE 8, which I am learning to use and like alot. I guess my question is how do I get my computer to recognize the RAW files?
     
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    I have PSE on my laptop and PS CS on my desktop... where does that leave me?
     
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    What is the difference? Is it better to shoot in RAW?
     
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    Shooting RAW gives you ALL of the data that the camera sensor picks up. In post-processing you have far more options in terms of color correction, white balance correction, resolution when you crop, etc...

    JPEG's are a compressed format. The camera applies some basic sharpening, contrast, saturation, etc... and then THROWS AWAY any data that the human eye can't see.

    So if you have some shadows that are black and show little to no detail, chances are in JPEG, there is no way to recover that detail. In RAW, you're able to.

    The problem with RAW is that it ABSOLUTELY requires post-processing on every pic. In RAW the image will appear flat tonally, it will appear soft and in need of sharpening, the colors will seem drab, etc...

    If you're serious about photography, though, RAW is generally the way to go. If you're doing event photography and your white balance is off and the bride's dress has a yellow hue to it... you wanna be able to correct that. The more data you have to work with in post, the better off you are.
     
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    This has been talked about....many, many times. I'm sure a search will turn up some good threads.
    In the meanwhile....Why Raw -- Part I
     
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    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but shooting in raw let's you edit millions of colors instead of 256
     
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    Pugs said it all. Those are the differences between JPEG and RAW, and codecs you'll need for your software to read them. I had the same problem as well when I first got my dSLR. Once the codec is installed, you're good to go.

    -Amadeo
    (On behalf of Panasonic's LivingInHD.com)
     
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    Alright thanks! And thanks for the links!
     
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    I will say that sometimes it is possible to correct problems such as this with a JPEG shot - however to get the results to look correct and to not have problems where noise or banding start to occure (Because of all the editing needed) you have to do a lot of work. And even then the results can be very hit and miss - this is not something you want to happen if you have a dozen or more shots that all need specific and detailed (read time consuming) editing -- in RAW such changes take a matter of seconds so it proves to be far more efficient and such changes are also less (potentially) damaging to the image so that is also a massive bonus
     
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    Thanks, I downloaded it and shot a few pics in RAW. I can see thre advantange already but can see where it might get a bit time consuming editing ALL
     

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