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Richard Lewis 
Shooting raw
9 Dec 2007 at 22:55 GMT
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Being new (ish) to photography and wanting to take it more seriously, can anyone tell me how you shoot raw photo's, mode, settings any info gratefully taken on board.
David from the Hebrides 
re: Shooting raw
12 Dec 2007 at 00:44 GMT
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I'm sure you will get many helpful bloggers giving you tips and hints! To state the very obvious, you need a camera that saves RAW files first! (they are files which have not been affected by your "in camera" computer's processing- eg saturation, sharpening, white balance etc) You can, of course set these on your camera and they will be saved, rather like a "post-it" note on the RAW file, but is not permanent. I do this as it gives you a good starting point for when you open the file on your computer program. You will, of course, need a program such as Photoshop which is capable of opening RAW files, and beware that every camera has to be individually catered for on your program- for instance I have just bought an Olympus E-3 and can't yet use it on Photoshop as Adobe haven't written an update to include this model yet. The disc that comes with your camera may well be sufficient.
The beauty of RAW is the appropriate program will have controls to help you tweak so many parameters, many reproducing the controls on your camera such as exposure and white balance, and many even fix faults your lens may produce, like vignetting, and it does all this without spoiling your RAW original. I must go to bed now, but hope this opens a few lines of interest for you!
Richard Lewis 
re: Shooting raw
13 Dec 2007 at 20:28 GMT
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Thanks for that David, i am getting a Cannon eos 400 d which saves raw files, but which mode do i shoot in M, TV, P? or does it not matter.
David from the Hebrides 
re: Shooting raw
13 Dec 2007 at 23:29 GMT
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You can shoot in any mode you like, and I think your camera will probably have the facility to save both a RAW file and a JPEG at the same time, should you so wish. Do remember that RAW files are quite big, (I guess about 30MB in your case) so your memory card will fill up pretty quickly depending on it's size, EG with a 1GB card in my Olympus E-3 I can get 60 raw images on it. Do also remember that you need a program such as Photoshop on your computer that can open Canon EOS 400 RAW files- the disc that comes with the camera will presumably do that, but do check!
Richard Lewis 
re: Shooting raw
17 Dec 2007 at 18:38 GMT
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Thanks again David, I already have photoshop elements 5 to open up the raw files so should be ok there, i also got 2gb memory card with the camera, your help is appreciated.
DenisSm 
re: Shooting raw
17 Dec 2007 at 21:12 GMT
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Shooting mode is your choice for picture you want to take, ya can shoot in each mode to raw file. Main advantage is, that you can tweak white balance, exposition and other parameters pretty easy. So let say, for any reason your exposition is 1EV off , so with raw file it`s pretty easy just to correct this without messing picture.

Just be a bit carefull if you overexpose image too much, you won`t get back details to lights be correcting exposition. On other hand, if you go underexposed picture, than by correcting exposition you can get details from dark. Just don`t be surprised, that computer can slow down with processing raw file,so for fast workflow i`d advice as much memory as possible and some goood graphic card too, raw processing is memory eater ).

Denny
Richard Lewis 
re: Shooting raw
18 Dec 2007 at 19:27 GMT
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Thanks Denny, i am sure it will all become clear when i get my hands on the 400d and start to play around with it, i have plenty of memory on my computer but it is not running at its best at the moment so i will have to fix any problems first. thanks again, please keep the advice coming - on any issues, i am still quite new to photography and welcome any help from anyone.


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