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#41895
When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
Endar recently asked me how I get my images to look like they do and in the process of the discussion why shooting in RAW was better than shooting in JPEG. I promised to show a quick series of images to illustrate the difference:

These are my finished images:



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#41896
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
These were shot in RAW under difficult lighting situations. I deliberately shot these images underexposed and with all camera settings back to "Standard". This is what the image looked like and what I would be stuck with if I would have made the shots in JPEG:



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#41897
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
As you can see the images look really horrible. Underexposed, completely wrong camera settings etc. In JPEG this could possibly be adjusted with extensive post processing via Photoshop but that would cost a lot of time and may not even lead to a satisfying result.

Normally I would adjust my camera settings before shooting the images to get pleasant results. If I would have done that my image would be fine even in JPEG.
But since I screwed it up on purpose but used RAW instead of JPEG I can simply adjust my camera settings later because this format allows me to do that.
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#41898
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
After changing my camera settings in RAW my images look like they should have looked in the first place:



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#41899
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
All that's left to do now is a simple and quick routine in Photoshop and in case of the second image a tighter crop of the image to enhance its effect:





And that's it. Even with complete bad results in the first place the whole editing process was about 3 to 5 Minutes per image (including the post-processing in Photoshop). That's the merit of shooting in RAW. :)
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#41901
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
really interesting!!
thanks for the explanation.
Damn, I found now that the cam I bought few months ago, (an Olympus X940) didn't support the RAW format :-(
It's supported only by high level Cams?
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#41902
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
really interesting!!
thanks for the explanation.

My pleasure! :)

Damn, I found now that the cam I bought few months ago, (an Olympus X940) didn't support the RAW format :-(
It's supported only by high level Cams?

All these cams support RAW: List of cameras supporting a raw format :)
I just took a quick look at the list but I think there are some cams in the lower price range (around 300€) available that support RAW.
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#41905
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
All your photos look great Kronos, and shooting in RAW is always preferable, but it does greatly increase your workflow unless you do know what you are doing.

I'm greatly in photography as well and mostly do wildlife and bird photography (I have a canon 1d III)

A few tips i would give for a basic camera is to get good lighting (not use direct flash) and a tripod or rest your camera on something. Also use as high an f stop as possible (to get a good depth of field).

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#41958
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
If you want a compact & affordable camera that can shoot RAW check out the Canon s95. I've had an s90 for a year and a half and like it a lot. RAW is a must for taking good pictures, in my opinion. It magically makes you appear to be a professional :)
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#41964
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
Damn, I wanted to know these things, a few months ago when I bought my camera..
I'll have to find someone to sell my current camera, so I can buy a new one that supports this RAW format.
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#41973
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
Thanks, Kronos!
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#41978
Re:When Dragons hunt 3 Years, 4 Months ago  
All your photos look great Kronos
Thank you very much fellow "Canonier"! :)

RAW is a must for taking good pictures, in my opinion.
Shooting in RAW does help in many ways (more than I described above).

It magically makes you appear to be a professional :)
...uhmm.....no. ;) *shakes head vigorously* :D
It's just a tool. A good race car is still only as good as its driver. ;)
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