Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how an image sensor sees color, part of Learn Photography: Shooting in Raw Mode.
- Even if you've never shot a black-and-white…image yourself, you still have a lot of…experience with a black-and-white world.…Every time you go out at night or enter…a room with low light, your eyes switch…from cone-based color vision to…rod-based black-and-white vision.…You don't really notice the change to…black and white because your brain…understands that things are supposed to be…color and so you kind of imagine what color…things are supposed to be, but if you really pay…attention to what you're seeing next time…you're out at night, you'll realize that you…are seeing only a black-and-white world.…
Another way to think of it is that you're…seeing only the brightness of things.…When your cones are shut down, you lack the…ability to process hue or color information.…Instead you only know if something is black,…white, or an in-between shade of gray.…When it measures the amount of light…that has struck its photo sights, your…camera's image sensor is doing the same…thing that the rods in your eyes do.…It's measuring the brightness of the…
In this course, photographer and educator Ben Long shines a light on what it means to shoot in raw—and what it doesn't. Learn the benefits of shooting in raw, learn when your camera's RAW+JPEG mode makes more sense, and get insights into why some people prefer certain raw conversion software over others.
- Does your camera support raw?
- Understanding how a sensor works
- Correcting and compressing JPEGs in camera
- Customizing JPEG compression
- Understanding raw conversion
- Working with raw files in popular photo-editing software
- Shooting raw, JPEG, or both
- Reprocessing old raw images
- Choosing a camera