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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
In order to capture the deep, rich and vibrant tones that we see in this photograph, it's ideal to set our camera to capture in the Raw mode. Yet after we've captured this RAW file, we've a choice. Do you want to continue to work with this native RAW file format or do we want convert our files to a format which is called DNG. Let's start off with our native file. Well, when we capture an image on a camera, it's comes straight out of the camera just as is. Then, when we process this image in Adobe Camera Raw it creates a sidecar XMP file.
This little sidecar files just a text file which contains instructions for how this image should be displayed. It contains all the information about the Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction, Sharpening, etcetera. In other words, it contains all that we've done in Adobe Camera Raw. Now the advantage of this is that these adjustments are non-destructive, they're not really apply to the pixels themselves rather just a small set of instructions, which is then helping us interpret these pixels in different ways.
Now if we copy this file to another hard drive, ideally what will happen is the sidecar file will be sitting next to this file. And those two files will go together. They will both be copied to a different hard drive, so that we can then access all of the work that we've done on our photograph inside of Adobe Camera Raw. And I say ideally because ideally you have set up that one preference which exports the cash to the folder, when possible, so that these two files live side-by-side. Well how then does this compare to the DNG Format? Well the DNG Format is a little bit different.
It's almost as if there's kind of like this Tupperware container that contains the file the RAW file, the pixels and also the XMP File in it. In other words, there is only one document. Well, what else do we know about this DNG file format? Well the DNG format is Adobe's proposed standard for an open and non-proprietary Raw format. Well, why then does it matter? Well, some of the reasons why people use DNG is because there isn't a need for the sidecar XMP file, there is only one file.
Another reason is because the DNG file format can contain a preview inside of it. So that you can access the way you process the image in different applications. Another reason, which is perhaps one of the most compelling, is that it provides loss-less compression. In another words, it reduces the file size without losing information. The next reason why people use this format is for archival confidence. The hope is, is that because this is an open non-proprietary Raw format, in the future, ideally these files we'll able to be processed more readily than say a file which has been processed by perhaps software which was created by a candy manufacturer which perhaps doesn't exist in the future.
The last reason why people use this format is because it provides a single Raw processing solution. Now you'll need to make the decision on your own whether or not you to use this DNG file format. In my own workflow, I've adopted it. So then what are some of the cons? Why not use a DNG Format? Well some people prefer not to use it because they don't want to convert their proprietary RAW files into this open in DNG Format. There is a fear that they may be losing some information, another reason is that these DNG files they can't be open by software say that's created by your camera manufacturer.
So really what you have to do is decide are you're going to use say Camera Raw or are you going to use this other software? Now, if you're going to use both, perhaps you want to keep your files in their native file format. And if you're going to fully adopt kind of this Adobe workflow where using for bridge Camera Raw and Photoshop, well then maybe want to consider converting to DNG. Again, it's completely up to your own personal preferences. All I want to do here is try to present information so that you can make an educated decision about whether or not you want to work with that native RAW file format or if you want to convert your files to this DNG format.
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