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    Hi All,

    Am newbie. Wish to know more about Raw format. Has search through web for more info, but hee hee... I think I still need experts over here to highlight me.

    To my understanding is that Raw format is like negative. Currently i only using Picasa 3 and Gimp. Is it that we can change setting on Raw Format and Save as Jpeg? and Raw Format will not be affected? Am quite blur on how the whole thing works? Sorry if my question sound silly? I using Nikon D90 now.

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    Well, I'm not sure if I am following you, but if you want to save the RAW format in jpeg, why not just shoot in jpeg?

    To put it in simpler terms, the RAW format is very much akin to raw meat. Purchase a slab of raw meat from the butcher and you can cook it anyway you want. Of course, beef will still be beef, and mutton will still be mutton. You have great versatility with RAW, but a bad picture will still be a bad picture.

    The jpeg is probably more like cooked meat. You can still add garnishing, salt, pepper, gravy and whatever else that tickles your fancy. Potential for digital enhancement is limited, although certainly possible, within constraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blur Shadow View Post
    To put it in simpler terms, the RAW format is very much akin to raw meat. Purchase a slab of raw meat from the butcher and you can cook it anyway you want. Of course, beef will still be beef, and mutton will still be mutton. You have great versatility with RAW, but a bad picture will still be a bad picture.

    The jpeg is probably more like cooked meat. You can still add garnishing, salt, pepper, gravy and whatever else that tickles your fancy. Potential for digital enhancement is limited, although certainly possible, within constraints.
    As above.

    Welcome to CS anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neutral View Post
    To my understanding is that Raw format is like negative. Currently i only using Picasa 3 and Gimp. Is it that we can change setting on Raw Format and Save as Jpeg? and Raw Format will not be affected? Am quite blur on how the whole thing works? Sorry if my question sound silly? I using Nikon D90 now.
    RAW is the pure information from the sensor, unprocessed. it gives you more possibilities to create the final image. You can import RAW files into image editors if those editors have the respective import filters. You can then adjust the image further before you save it into a common JPG file. Whether the RAW file is getting changed or not depends on the image editor. Adobe products (Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge) do not change the RAW file - preserving it as the valuable original file. Nikon's Capture NX applies certain changes to the RAW file.
    For more information you may want to check the section "Digital Darkroom"

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    would you prefer the same piece of raw meat cooked by others or cooked by yourself depends on how good your cooking skill is.

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for your nice description.

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