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Old Aug 13, 2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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Just getting into serious digital photography. Recently purchased an Olympus E1 and am very impressed with it so far. I have a very basic question which is: when shooting in RAW I assume Photoshop Element 2.0 (came with camera) cannot open that format - or at least that's my experience. What do I need or which software is best to work with the RAW format? Other question is: is RAW that much better than TIFF as far as image sharpness and quality when making enlargements? Thanks for any help.
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Old Aug 13, 2004, 1:07 PM   #2
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You will need a RAW converter. Not familiar with Olympus, but they probably gave you some software that will work. Photoshop CS has a converter, but not Elements. Other options are Capture One http://www.rawworkflow.com/products.htmlor Breezebrowserhttp://www.breezesys.com/ (have to check to see if they will work for your camera.

Regarding RAW vs TIFF and image sharpness and quality. Not exactly. The advantage of RAW is that the data is unaltered out of your camera and is in 16 bit so more data is there to work with. Other advantages include the ability to change your white balance post shot and a bit easier to tweak your exposure. RAW mode does require a tad more processing than TIFF or JPG. In the case of JPG formats, that is a lossy compression format and every time you save a JPG, you lose data. For that reason alone, TIFF or RAW format is a better way to go and then convert to JPG when you need to convert (web page, email, etc).


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Thanks much. That's very helpful!
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Old Aug 14, 2004, 7:05 AM   #4
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I new kid on the block available as a free download in Beta testing form is RAW Photodesk at:

http://www.rawphotodesk.com/download.html

I have used this software for several weeks along with the ones already mentioned. Shows real promise IMHO.
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Awesome! Thanks very much!
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