Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Handling RAW files : Canon DPP or Adobe Camera RAW

Photography is my first passion. Travel complements my photography. My favorite genre is wildlife photography which made me spend lot of time in various jungles of India. As I had started writing about my photographic journey and shared it on my facebook page (Rupankar Mahanta Photography), I felt that sharing it on my blog will connect to a different sets of readers. Following is excerpt from the first article I am sharing here :

Handling RAW files : Canon DPP or Adobe Camera RAW

As I was transiting from flim SLR to digital technology, I acquired a Canon A540 which was a prosumer point and shoot model with full manual control. It was one of the best pocket cameras I had ever owned, much better than the pricier Canon IXUS 120IS which I bought couple of years later as replacement. Being a point and shoot, it could capture only in JPEG format. I hope jpeg do not sound too esoteric here. It stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group and is a commonly used method of LOSSY compression for storing digital images. Read the word LOSSY which actually means what it is. When an image is saved as jpeg some original image information is lost and cannot be restored, possibly affecting image quality. However I was not bothered at all about this then as I had no other options. As I went on to acquire a DSLR, starting with AUTO mode and continued with JPEG for some time. As my understanding of digital photography expanded, I found that technically JPEG is not the ideal form for a photographer. So what to do? Shoot RAW was the ubiquitous advice on net.

Everything has a learning curve. JPEG continued through my transition from the AUTO mode to Av (Aperture Priority). Those days I was not a wildlife photographer and hence never used Tv (Shutter priority) mode.  After couple of months of study I solved the conundrum of RAW. Since then I have been shooting in RAW. There is no loss of data in RAW format images. Almost immediately I was offered with another riddle –what colour space. Digital photography had become too technical!

Leaving aside the subject of colour space for another day, let me continue with handling of RAW files...........................


Here is link to the full article -

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We used to do this with our D90 but now a days we are only clicking pictures with our smartphones. May be we should get back to the D90

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