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Old Oct 19, 2003, 10:42 AM   #1
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I'm planning to buy an S45 or S50 in the next week and would like to shoot using raw format. Am I right in thinking that there is no point in setting white balance or exposure compensation or any other variables as they will be ignored but can be altered on the PC using the supplied software?
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 6:02 PM   #2
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TW, I shoot in RAW mode, and I change the white balance to suit the conditions. If I don't, my pics are ..... not good.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 9:31 PM   #3
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Set what you think will work then correct the RAW file output. I use BreezeBrowser and it works great. I use the "as shot" option then go back and re-convert the ones that need correction. BreezeBrowser asks if I want to re-convert. Once you get the files in TIFF or JPG format, you can tweak them with Photoshop (or Elements).
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 10:37 PM   #4
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When shooting in RAW format, it captures all available colors. I'm finding that converting to .jpg without any enhancements loses little resolution.

I make a copy and reformat the copy running the image through a gamut of editing potentials to determine whether a better image is possible. However, I find that rarely any is needed - except 'clarify, in PSP. Then the colors are really perfected.

The Canon G2 tends to over specify blue hues so I run the image through color balance to determine if the image needs an adjustment.
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Old Oct 28, 2003, 3:38 AM   #5
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Hi everybody!
By the way, what is the size of RAW file (for example, for G2)?
Is it fixed (the same for all the pictures) or not?
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RAW is fixed if it doesn't imbed a jpg into it (its the data off the sensor and that is fixed.) If it does, then it will vary some.

Exposure comp is independent of RAW (or JPG) formats because it's a physical setting, not an digital setting. Exposure comp alters the shutter speed (at least in Av mode.) So you will certainly want to set that.

I generally use Auto White Balance on my 10D. It works well, but not "amazing". The problem is that I shoot almost 100% outdoors, and the changing environments mean that for every shot I'd have to think about the whitebalance setting ("Is the sun behind in a cloud? Is the subject in the shade?...") and I'm sure I'd get it wrong, so its not worth it to me. AWB does a good enough job that I can fix anything else in PS.

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Old Oct 29, 2003, 5:28 AM   #7
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mm, my RAW images are 11 meg+.
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Old Oct 30, 2003, 3:17 AM   #8
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Thank you, Janet and Eric!
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