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OpenRAW survey aims to establish a standardised Raw image format for photographers - OpenRAW is a non-profit organisation whose primary concern is the longevity of digital images. They believe that current proprietry RAW formats could be rendered obsolete in the future making it impossible to reprocess images taken on todays digital cameras.
- How many images do you capture with your digital camera equipment in an average month?
- How often do you capture digital images in RAW mode?
- Which of the following RAW image conversion or editing software products provides you with the best workflow for your photography?
- Which camera system would you be most likely to purchase?
- Which of the following best describes your involvement with photography now?
- Approximately how many years have you been using professional-level digital cameras?
- What types of subject matter do you shoot most often?
- How would you characterize your level of expertise with computers?
- What brand(s) of professional digital cameras do you currently own and use?
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During the past several months, photographers have become increasingly aware of the actions of camera makers to conceal - and in some cases, to encrypt - information stored in RAW image files. These actions have raised concern about whether a trend toward more proprietary RAW image formats could lead to fewer choices of software to edit RAW files from new cameras. They have also shaken photographers' confidence that RAW files taken with older camera models will be supported in the future.
Although there are many photography forums where these topics are discussed, at present we know very little about the experiences, beliefs, and preferences of photographers concerning RAW imaging technology. To fill this gap, the non-profit advocacy group, OpenRAW, in cooperation with several communities of photographers, is conducting a worldwide survey to give photographers an opportunity to be heard. We appreciate your participation.
Our questionnaire has been designed to measure the full range of opinions on RAW imaging issues. We trust it will allow you to express your personal views.
We hope you will answer all the survey questions - it will only require about 15 minutes of your time. We also appreciate your cooperation in following the basic guidelines of all high-quality surveys by completing the questionnaire only once to register your personal responses. No information will be collected in this survey that could be used to identify any respondent, guaranteeing the confidentiality of your responses.
Results of this survey will be placed in the public domain at the OpenRAW Web page. We believe that good decisions by the digital photography industry should take account of the preferences of the photographers who make their living or pursue their artistic vision through this medium. We will share the survey results widely in the hope that the future of the craft will benefit.
The survey was launched on January 31, 2006 00:00:01 GMT and will remain open for 57 days, until March 31, 2006 24:00:00 GMT.
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