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Question about shooting RAW.

tonyjohnvella Avatar
28 Sep 2019 11:16PM
I have just purchased my very first SLR camera: Canon Rebel T6. Just for experimentation I set the "save" on Raw + L lpg.
When I d/l the two pictures from the camera to my laptop I noticed that the RAW image (cr2, I think) is a lot darker than the Large jpg. Is this normal or am I missing a step somewhere along the way?

I thank one and all for all advice, recommendations, opinions, gossip, what-have-you.
Regards from Ottawa, Canada.
sausage Avatar
sausage 19 704 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2019 9:38AM
RAW is as it is - RAW data. The jpg has been processed in the camera - the RAW you will have to process yourself.
Tianshi_angie Avatar
29 Sep 2019 11:12AM
You will need a programme to process the Raw such as Adobe Camera Raw or a free programme such as Canon's own Digital Photo Professional (DPP). When you have processed the image it is best to save as a Tif, Jpgs are a Lossie format - meaning that a lot of the digital information is discarded and cannot be regained. You may notice that the Raw file is a lot bigger than the Jpeg. It has all the information from the camera hence the ability to process and make the actual picture as you saw it - the camera cannot know that.
dark_lord Avatar
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
29 Sep 2019 11:23AM
If you're just starting out, use the jpgs as they'll be, on the whole, ok.
The jpgs, as Angie says, are created by the camer's processong engine. RAW files need much more input from yourself. The upside is that you can produce a higher quality result and have infinite flexibility in achieving that, at the expense of a bit of time and a learning curve.
DPP is free and very good.
If you shoot RAW + jpg you can always come back to those RAW files in the future when your processing skills improve.


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