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    hi,

    a qn here on RAW format.

    if i shoot in raw and then view in pc, it shows 2 file names CRW_001.CRW & CRW_001.THM.

    how do i open this file and use what software ?

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    hi brother, one is the raw file and i think the other one is the thumbnail.. someone pls correct me if i'm wrong.

    i use C1Pro to open my raw files. it's so much easier and faster than using adobe photoshop. i can view my raw files like thumbnails in C1Pro. for adobe, i have to open one by one to edit which takes ages!!!
    i suppose u are using canon. zoom browser enables u to open and view the files.
    but i suggest C1pro!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    hi,

    a qn here on RAW format.

    if i shoot in raw and then view in pc, it shows 2 file names CRW_001.CRW & CRW_001.THM.

    how do i open this file and use what software ?
    the THM, as already said, is the thumbnail. IIRC, this is the one dat ur LCD screen shows. which cam are u using? except for 300D, i suggest u adjust under ur custom setting to make ur THM file the smallest possible. think there's an option for RAW+Small, normal JPG (or something like dat). this will give u extra space for a few more RAW pics in ur CF card.

    there's an instruction online on dpreview, i think, on how to adjust ur Windows registry to view THM files on ur Windows.

    adobe PS CS can open up ur RAW files. a bit slow lah, but liveable. if u find it too slow, mebbe u can bump up ur RAM on ur PC. else, C1pro is pretty good. but, u have to download and pay online. dun bother using the software dat comes with ur canon cam. it sucks, big time.
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    hi gooood morning,

    so is it a good idea to shoot in RAW. RAW takes more space but can adjust later.

    or should it be better using normal fine and do a good shoot - less storage and easier to view, can just use windows explorer to view.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    hi,

    a qn here on RAW format.

    if i shoot in raw and then view in pc, it shows 2 file names CRW_001.CRW & CRW_001.THM.

    how do i open this file and use what software ?
    I assume you are using Canon? Use the bundled software such as EOS Viewer Utility or DPP that comes with your cam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    hi gooood morning,

    so is it a good idea to shoot in RAW. RAW takes more space but can adjust later.

    or should it be better using normal fine and do a good shoot - less storage and easier to view, can just use windows explorer to view.

    personal choice, actually. IMO, jpg are fine if u need to take at a high frame rate (say, sports). eg. if u using 20D, 6fps for RAW compared to 25 fps for jpg. if u are very sure of ur metering and exposure control - ie u very sure the pic will come out the way u want, then jpg. if not RAW offers u more latitude in adjusting ur pics. also, becos it doesn't go thru any in-camera processing, its almost like u are working on the actual negative, in film terms.

    however, whether jpg or RAW, if u take a bad pic means its a bad pic. u can't really save a bad pic in PS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkw
    I assume you are using Canon? Use the bundled software such as EOS Viewer Utility or DPP that comes with your cam.
    hi guys,

    eh ... i only a small player using only canon s50, not big time player like you LOL cheers !

    but i still considering cos 1st time use RAW going on a short trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    hi guys,

    eh ... i only a small player using only canon s50, not big time player like you LOL cheers !

    but i still considering cos 1st time use RAW going on a short trip.
    oh... like dat ah. haiz... if u using s50, then shoot jpg! by and large, PnS (point-&-shoot) cams are designed in such a way dat the pics requires minimal processing. the whole cam design is built for optimal jpg shooting. the pics shld come out fine right out of cam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75
    oh... like dat ah. haiz... if u using s50, then shoot jpg! by and large, PnS (point-&-shoot) cams are designed in such a way dat the pics requires minimal processing. the whole cam design is built for optimal jpg shooting. the pics shld come out fine right out of cam.
    so P&S camera like mine no point taking in raw izzit ?
    does it helps at all ?

    actually wat normally ppl will adjust or plan to adjust when they shoot in raw.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    so P&S camera like mine no point taking in raw izzit ?
    does it helps at all ?

    actually wat normally ppl will adjust or plan to adjust when they shoot in raw.

    muaaahhaaa.... personal choice lah. PnS cameras are designed for jpg shooting, IMO. dat said, nothing wrong in shooting jpgs, esp if u have a big CF card.

    based on wat i normally adjust, WB (white balance), EV (exposure value), colours (minimal. prefer to use layers), contrast, shadows and saturation. IMO, WB and EV are wat RAW/NEF (for nikon) shooters normally adjust. eg, for my particular 10D, under default factory settings which i use, my RAW files are usually .5 to 1 EV under. i like it this way as i can adjust to suit my tastes. i know there are some 10D users who increase the saturation by +1 in custom functions. but, to each his/her own.
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    yup yup ... I normally adjust WB and EV in RAW .... easy to control ...
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    how big is a RAW photo normally ?

    is it 5mb as what i tested my s50.

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    That also depends whether you want your RAW file to be un-compressed or compressed. Compressed RAW is normally about 60% of the uncompressed RAW.

    I shoot on 4MP cam and my uncopmressed RAW is about 3.5M +/-, uncompressed will be 6M size ...
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