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The DSLR Field Guide by Michael Freeman

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Shooting Raw

A part from the fact that it requires additional post-production work that will take a little more time, shooting in the Raw format provides many benefits.

The simple reason for this is that the data and settings are stored separately on capture, meaning that you have complete access to the original, “raw” data in your image-editing program. Moreover, this image information remains at the maximum bit-depth of which the sensor is capable (typically, 12-bit, 14-bit, or 16-bit). If you have any need to optimize or alter the image, Raw is the obvious choice.

However, there are some decisions you need to make about fitting Raw adjustments into your workflow. The first is which software to use? One possibility is the image editor offered ...

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