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Kim  Calvert

Kim Calvert

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Shooting In Raw??

Can anyone out there help me..I have heard alot about shooting in “RAW”
but I have No idea what this process to do it..the pros the cons..nothing..I have heard people talk about it..but leave feeling totally are a few things I have heard
1. you have to have a program that supports raw images? (I have photoshop Elements 6 and 7 are these what I need?)

2. you CAN’T print anything shot in Raw??

3. there isn’t any real big difference in shooting Raw??

Please someone..anyone if there is any info you can supply me with I would greatly appreciate it..or even a site you know of that couple explain to a person how to do this..

Thanks everyone..



  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 5 years ago

    FYI-There are some threads on this in SP. I am very interested in learning the answers too! Kim

  • Thanks Kim, I will look up the threads in at SP..and if I find anything out I will let you know..

    – Kim Calvert

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This is great Kim! I have had this conversation with many people before but find I am more confused in the end. I know some people are hard core about the whole RAW thing and others are not. I will pass this on to a few of my friends who actually know the pros and cons and get them to pop by here and then I am going to sit back and enjoy reading :)

  • Thanks Shelly for the help..hopefully we will learn something.

    – Kim Calvert

  • LeviMoore
    LeviMooreover 5 years ago

    Try This and This.

    Hope that helps.

  • Thank you so much for the info!!!!

    – Kim Calvert

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    I had your link wrong at first but have fixed it now so let the games begin!

  • Kevin Skinner
    Kevin Skinnerover 5 years ago

    Hi Kim,

    To put it basically, a RAW file is a digital negative – the data straight from the sensor without the camera processing into either TIFF or JPEG. The main advantage is that you have more information to work with such as a wider dynamic range and more colour gamut.
    I think Elements does have the Adobe Raw Convertor (ACR) built in so that shouldn’t be a problem. You can actually print from ACR as well but I haven’t done this in a long, long time.
    I shoot in RAW all of the time due to flexibility of the format. I find it has better quality and with Lightroom, I can make adjustments via a non-destructive way which keeps the original file intact.
    JPEG loses a lot of information in camera due to the conversion to the format. The process decides which colour and detail information to discard or reduce to compression the info.
    Also you don’t have to worry about White Balance either as you can adjust this manually during the conversion.
    The most useful thing for me is highlight recovery. The image you take from the sensor the most information is loaded onto the brightest f-stop (at 4096 levels) and the least at the darkest (just 64 levels). The on-board histogram reads a representative JPEG interpretation of the scene and I generally over-expose by at least a stop for that reason. By doing this I get the most information as possible and I can recover the highlights within the conversion thus getting a higher quality definition within the image.

    A bit technical I know but it has really transformed my photography since I started to use RAW about three years ago.

    Best give it a shot and experiment. Drop me a BM if you would like some help.


  • Thanks so much Kevin, you have explained it very well, sometimes I have people talking to technical and I walk away saying “WHATTTTT????” ..but I totally understand what your saying..and I am just going to try it out and see how I like it..once again thank you so much and if I have any questions I will BM you.. :)

    – Kim Calvert

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanover 5 years ago

    To add to Kevin’s excellent explantation above -

    Most camera’s are set-up to give you their interpretation of a scene shot in .jpg. A lot of this is pre-programmed and you have no say over what the end product is. The camera may set saturation of colour, white balance, compression and even sharpening which may not be what you wanted.

    Using RAW in camera and the Adobe RAW conversion, in conjunction with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, is very good and allows you total control and What you see is what you Get (WYSIWYG).


  • Thanks You..I am learning so much!

    – Kim Calvert

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    I shoot jpg, converting the files to tif format when I do any pp work. This saves me hard drives space, not having to store two large file formats and convert back to jpg when required.
    I’ve played with RAW and just didn’t find it was justified. When I screwed up an exposure, NOTHING in this world would fix it. lol.
    I find it to be a personal choice and to me, practicality won over technicality.
    There’s no right or wrong here. Find what works best for you and go with it. Maybe it’ll be a combination of the two.

  • Thank you Stan for your take on the subject..I appreciate any info I can get.

    – Kim Calvert

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 5 years ago

    Hi Kim. Kevin Skinner has it dead on. One of the great gurus of photoshop (at least in my opinion) Scott Kelby, swears by it and devotes chapters in his books Photoshop CS2 and Photoshop CS3 on RAW photography. I have tried using it several times, however as I am still trying to learn how to walk and chew gum at the same time, I have not had much success. Bill

  • Thank you much wonderful information coming in.

    – Kim Calvert

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 5 years ago

    Thank you so much everyone for all the info…now I was reading another site that shooting in “Fine” is just as good as “Raw”?? Sorry for all the questions..just trying get as much info as I can..

  • Kevin Skinner
    Kevin Skinnerover 5 years ago

    Hi Lim,

    No, shooting in “Fine” mode in not as good. This is due to dynamic range and not making full use of the sensor. JPEG and TIFF format recordings within a camera will only record over six stop of exposure. In RAW, this tends to be 8 stops minimum giving a more variation of tone, exposure and, as I pointed out before, more information due to the brighter levels.
    Hope this helps.

  • Thanks again does help.. :)

    – Kim Calvert