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Old Aug 4, 2004, 8:51 AM   #1
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I just started experimenting with my new Canon G5 and decided to shoot a few shots in RAW and try out several processing software packages including BreezeBrowser, Photoshop and RAW Photodesk. While I was not expecting a miracle, nor was I expecting the mundane. Now the shots that I took as an amateur are not the greatest...so far, I really don't see the value of RAW when I can get 2592 X 1944 images and play around with those in any number of decent software packages that have better user interfaces.

Has anyone else gone through this guilt trip that a real photographer should shoot in RAW?

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Old Aug 4, 2004, 10:21 AM   #2
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Well, a real photographer SHOULD shoot RAW

Just kidding. Many images of course need only the tweaking that a good image processing editor can provide. Why bother?

Saying that - I shoot everything in RAW. Raw gives you capabilites that are simply lacking in an image that has been tweaked in-camera. Whether the White balance, exposure level, sharpening etc.

Of course I'm trying to SELL these images...

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Old Aug 4, 2004, 10:36 AM   #3
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Dave:

I take your point. I just play around for the fun of it and don't have to meet a payroll. While we are on the subject, which RAW software package do you use?

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Old Aug 4, 2004, 7:04 PM   #4
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I used to use Bibble, which is due for a new version any day now. However I now use the importer that comes with Phototshop and find is superior to the existing version of Bibble.

I have a Nikon D1x but find the free RAW converter that comes with the camera to be next to useless (well, maybe not THAT bad).

Both the Photoshop importer and Bibble are lightning fast and both have many options for adjusting the image so that usually little remains to be done in Photoshop.

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