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Why RAW's a good thing

Why RAW's a good thing - Victor Habbick tells us why he shoots in RAW.

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Victor HabbickVictor Habbick is a photographer, artist, designer and member of ePHOTOzine's Pro critique team. His work is published world wide and he supplies stock markets on a regular basis. His advice will range from kit choices and editing software to supplying agencies and finding inspiration. He describes his work as having commercial sensibilities with a touch of the surreal and you can find out more about this by visiting his ePHOTOzine profile or by visiting his personal website: Victor Habbick.

Here's his tip:

"With my Nikon D200 i tend to shoot in Raw mode but I also set it to safe a high quality jpg at the same time. This will up the processing speed a touch and use up the space on the camera chips but its a good fail safe and I find it handy to a have a jpg that I can view or email off quickly if a client wants a quick check etc. When I'm back I will open the Raw file in Adobe Lightroom. As most people will understand raw gives you the ability to treat each shot as you would have it and not as the camera decides it should look. It also has the biggest value of retaining an original file which you can go back to time and time again if you want to change things.

I have gone back a few times and treated this shot from a past vacation in Canada many ways and without having the Raw file this would have been a great deal more difficult. It's also pleasing to know that you have a base shot to re-start from at any time."

The healing place by Victor Habbick






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parob 7 3 74 France
12 Oct 2012 9:18AM
My Canon camera makes it possible to save both in Raw and JPEG. My understanding is that the latter is, in any case, a raw processed file. The example you cite does indeed require the JPEG file for a quick appreciation of the shot. I am most interested in the relationship of the two files with regards to the camera's setting. Shooting RAW demands, for instance, exposing to the right in order to save as much detail as possible. Now, how does this affect the JPEG file? I have not researched yet. Do you have an answer. It might be of interest to have a blog dedicated to the two aspects of RAW: camera settings and RAW processing. What do you think?

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