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Getting Started with Camera Raw: How to make better pictures using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Second Edition by Ben Long

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2. What Is Raw?

Lighthouse, Warnemunde, Germany. Canon EOS 20D with Canon 75–300 mm EF lens. 1/400 at f/7.1.

Before we proceed to revel in the realm of raw photography, let’s take a moment to consider one facet of that quaint 19th-century technology called film.

Arguing the merits of film versus digital is a little silly, as they both have strengths and weaknesses. Though I may sometimes sound like a digital chauvinist, there are times when I actually miss working with film (these times don’t last very long and so are probably not apparent to an outside observer).

One of the most impressive things about film technology is that a piece of film—even ...

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