Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding raw conversion software, part of Learn Photography: Shooting in Raw Mode.
- If you watched the last chapter,…then you've already been through…all of the gnarly technical discussion…that we need to have.…What you saw in that chapter was that when you shoot,…the image sensor in your camera produces…a lot of numbers that have to be interpreted…in a very particular way to produce a finished image.…When you shoot in JPEG mode,…all of that interpretation is performed…by the computer inside your camera.…When that process is finished,…the camera makes some additional tweaks to the image,…compresses the image using the JPEG standard,…and writes the result out to its media card.…
When you shoot with your camera in raw mode,…the image sensor still produces a lot of numbers…that have to be interpreted in a very particular way…to produce a finished image.…And just as in JPEG mode,…the camera performs all of that interpretation,…but it then shows you the resulting image…on the camera's screen.…However, what it writes to the card…is all of those original raw numbers,…and a small, very compressed version…
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