Welcome

Welcome to this seventh Instalment of Master Your Camera, brought to you from the experts at What Digital Camera.

With an increasing 9 number of cameras offering the option to shoot n the versatile Raw format, it’s time we covered everything there is to know about Raw. including what it Is. how It works and why it’s so valuable when we’re edit rig our photos m our software.

If you’ve heard of the term Raw, but you’re unsure of what it is, it’s essentially a different type of file format that holds a lot more information then a JPEG The result of having more data information for each shot that’s taken means you can not only push a Raw file further when you’re editing, but you’re also given more control of different variables when working in a Raw converter, such as Adobe Camera Raw.

In this supplement we’ll give you plenty of advice on where to start as well as advanced bps on how to get the best from what Raw has to offer.

RAW BASICS

The Raw format offers you unrivalled control both for shooting your images and for editing them too. We start by explaining the benefits of shooting in Raw as opposed to JPEG and the key things to think about when using an uncompressed format.

CHOOSING A RAW CONVERTER

Here we break down the key options available to you when choosing a Raw converter — from the Raw software that comes bundled with your camera to the pros and cons of Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw as well as free software.

THE RAW INTERFACE

There are myriad tools available in Adobe Camera Raw to process your Raw files. At first glance it can seem ike a daunting place to work, but this guide to the mam controls will have you locating what you need very quickly in a matter of seconds.

BASIC RAW ADJUSTMENTS

Learn how to convert a Raw file to produce a stunning final image. We show you how in our step by step.

LOCALISED ADJUSTMENTS

Take localised control of your Raw files using two nondestructive tools — the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter.

CORRECTION TOOLS

Three of the most powerful tools m Adobe Camera Raw -Sharpening. Noise Reduction and Lens Correction.

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