Tuesday, June 03, 2008

RAW Power

Shooting in RAW format has always been a complicated process in imaging. The file size is enormous, taking a lot of space from the memory card and hard drive. Down with the workflow, calibrating and adjusting the elements of the file such as: color, hue, sharpening, assigning the right color space and color temperature make it a long and painstaking procedure! However, it has its advantages over the commonly used compressed JPEG format. It has almost 10 times more color information that gives the photo a smooth continuous color gradation which gives it a more natural "Film look" when properly tuned. This in a way, evades the overly "Digital look" criticism. Without any special filter to be added to my image to enhance the overall artistic quality, the color, sharpness and detail come close to the rendition I always wanted from film.

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