The survey is aimed at digital SLR users and consists of 25 questions
which ask various questions about your photography habits. Questions in
the survey include:
- 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
- Which camera system would you be most likely to purchase?
- Which of the following best describes your involvement with
- 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
- What brand(s) of professional digital cameras do you
currently own and use?
To fill out the survey please visit openraw.org
Also if you think ePHOTOzine should support this campaign then please
leave a comment below.
If we get a strong enough response in favour, we will add ePHOTOzine to
their supporters list to help represent the general view of the members
of this site.
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
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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