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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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Raw Concerns

When they’re compared side by side, it’s easy to see that shooting raw offers a number of important advantages over shooting JPEG: editable white balance, 16-bit color support, no compression artifacts, and more. But as you’ve probably already suspected, there is a price to pay for this additional power.

Storage

First, raw files are big. Whereas a fine-quality JPEG file from an 8-megapixel camera might weigh in at 3 MB, the same image shot in raw could devour 8 MB of storage space. (Actual sizes will vary from camera to camera.) Fortunately, this is not as grievous an issue as it used to be, thanks to falling memory prices. Storage cards and hard drive storage are cheap, so you can amass a good amount of storage space for a very ...

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