Originally Posted by daveshookme
I'm just dumping them to my computer now, I have a paper to write for 6pm tonight, but if I get a chance I'll take a quick browse through and post a couple of the keepers.
This was the first time I shot in RAW, I figured what with the beautiful sky and water we had I'd give the full thing a try (also helped I found my 32gb card, I wouldn't have even considered it with my 2 or 4gb helpers
). I also have to track down the disk with the EOS utility on it and then see what I do next. Any tips on that process? I've never shot RAW, I've only ever shot JPEG's. I don't really plan on doing too much with them, but only because I don't really know what I can/should do if that makes sense. I've really only ever shot what I saw and was happy with that, but now I'm starting to get interested in more detailed photography, more artistic shots and experiences.
Try the free Lightroom demo and never look back. It will all make sense after you try that. Basically you can think of raw as an unprocessed jpeg file. When your camera makes a jpeg, it's applying sharpening, noise reduction, saturation, and whatever else you told it to apply in the camera settings. The raw file is exactly that, it's just the raw picture data with no processing applied. So you use a raw processor (Lightroom or the camera manufacturer's software) to manually apply the needed sharpening, saturation, noise reduction, etc. The thing with Lightroom is that 1) it makes the process very intuitive because it lays out settings you need to adjust in a very logical order and 2) you can apply batch preset settings on import or apply them to a number of images all at once if they have already been imported. So when I import my raw files into Lightroom I have presets setup for each of my cameras that are automatically applied to every photo. The presets I use are just a good starting point for sharpening and saturation, but they also include color calibration settings that I performed for each camera. Then I go through and pick my selects and do the full edits on those fine tuning the exposure, contrast, sharpening, and noise reduction. The raw files just give you a lot more to work with and if you setup a good workflow, like Lightroom, you can edit raw files just as fast as jpeg files, but you get much more control and much higher quality data to manipulate before getting to the finished product. With jpegs the camera is blindly applying the processing equally to every image. With raw you can fine tune the processing for each image individually to get the best quality possible. Of course you also have the option to freely adjust the white balance when editing raw files too, which is something you can't really do with jpegs.
So just try the Lightroom demo for a few days and it should all make sense.