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August 20, 2013


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I use jpeg for snapshots. For more "important" pictures I set the camera to shot jpeg fine and raw at the same time. Thats mainly because my photoshop version doesn't automatically open the raw-files from my nikon camera (they are named *.nef). It requires an addition (that I cant remember the name of). So I can quickly check the jpeg for composition issues etc before deciding on importing the raw-file. Newer versions of Photoshops automatically converts the files, so that makes things easier.

And raw-files are at least twice the size of jpegs, so that should be taken into consideration as well.


Ava - I also shoot RAW and JPEG and save everything on an external hard drive so as not clutter up my hard drive with double images. The RAW ones are enormous compared to the JPEGs so one can really understand how they contain so much more of the image than the JPEGs.


I only know PhotoShop (the full version). I hate that my camera only takes JPGs since they are a compressed file. When I scan my prints, I make them TIFFs!


Have you investigated Lightroom as of yet? It is similar to RAW but it is also a catalogue tool. Very easy to use and none of the changes you make are destructive.


Shari - I haven't but it's mentioned in the course that it is similar so I'll be able to use some Lightroom tips and tricks!

Nini Tjäder

I shoot RAW and jpg all the time and edit either in CR (Camera Raw), either in CR directly or in the plugin in Photoshop CC. Using the latest version of it as it has improved a lot lately with lots of new editing possibilities. Love for instance the shake reduction and the straigthening of images in CR. What is good with RAW is the possibility to edit non-destructively and save out in the format you need for production be it web or print or placing in InDesign (then it is .psd). What you can do depends on which version of CR you have installed.


Nini - I can't wait to try everything once I have all the basics down!


Hej Benita, I have been taking all my photographs in RAW format for a couple of years now. I have been using Lightroom and it's an amazing programme, not only for editing but especially for keeping track of all photos and being able to find them at a later date!
I have just finished a book that's called "The digital negative", which explains a lot about what a RAW photo actually is and also shows the amazing things you can do to edit them in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Lightroom used to be pretty expensive but it has come down a lot in price and I can really recommend it if you're serious about working more in RAW format.
I use Canon camera's and a Mac just like you.


Linda - I'll look that up, thanks!

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