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Shooting in RAW

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Yesterday I decided to take the big step and try shooting in RAW. I had no idea how to find this setting on my camera but Tara’s photographer friend Trevor, (you can find his website and see his amazing images here), had a look at my camera and showed me where to find the option to shoot in RAW and how to switch the settings. He also had a quick search of my editing software, which I still have yet to learn how to use, to make sure that it could open these files. Thankfully it can.

So, unsure what to expect I changed my camera lens from Tamron to my Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm and flicked the settings to take RAW images.

What are RAW images? Here’s a definition for you from this site ..

“A camera RAW image is an unprocessed photograph captured with a digital camera. It contains the raw image data captured by the camera’s sensor (or CCD), saved in proprietary file format specific to the camera manufacturer.

By default, most digital cameras process and compress photos as JPEG files immediately after capturing the image. The processing step automatically applies the appropriate color correction and the JPEG compression significantly reduces the file size. The result is an efficiently processed JPEG image.

While JPEG images are suitable for most purposes, professional photographers and photography enthusiasts prefer to control over how each image is processed. Therefore, many high-end cameras have the ability to shoot in RAW mode instead of JPEG. The raw files are unprocessed, allowing the photographer to adjust settings like exposure, white balance, and saturation after the image has been captured. Instead of applying lossy JPEG compression, which reduces the image quality, RAW mode saves files in a losslessly compressed format.”

Here are the results of my little experiment and I have to say I am impressed by the improved clarity. I still have no idea how to edit and so will need to download the instruction manual and work through it so that I can maximise it’s capabilities and move on from just auto adjusting the light and cropping my images ~ which is all I know how to do at the moment and is a little embarrassing to be honest. I bought the software and really ought to learn how to use it.

I know I still have a lot to learn regarding focusing, light and speed but for this is me we’re talking about, reading up on “how to” results in brain ache and severe fogginess, so can only approach in bitesize installments and most of that is re~reading what I read last time.

Anyhoo ~ I still like them and am proud of my little self for capturing the “in flight” images and the very very wee flies and red spider which I couldn’t see unless I looked through the macro lens as they really were that wee!

Right, enough waffling on ~ here are my first attempts shooting in RAW..


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