Digital Photography Software: Editing Photos in Adobe’s Camera Raw

September 23, 2012

Digital Photography Software: Editing Photos in Adobe’s Camera Raw

There’s a lot of talk these days about the advantages of shooting in the RAW format. But, what about editing those files?

First, what is Camera Raw?

Camera Raw (usually just called “RAW”) is a file saved by your digital camera’s image sensor data without any processing for the camera settings. This file is saved directly from the sensor, without any adjustments. So the raw file is the pure image file recorded by the camera’s image sensor.

There are a lot of advantages to shooting in the raw format. The biggest of these is flexibility. You can take this unprocessed image file and open in a photo editing software package and process it there. That means that many of the adjustments made on a permanent basis inside the camera when shooting JPEGs —adjustments for color, contrast, brightness, white balance and tint—can be made to your photo long after it’s been captured by your camera. And those adjustments can be changed at any time.

In order to process raw image files, you will need software that can edit these types of files. Adobe’s Camera Raw is one of these software packages and one of my favorites.

Using Camera Raw to edit your photos can take a little bit of getting used to. Here are some great articles that will help:

How to Edit Photos With Adobe’s Camera Raw

Adobe Camera RAW for Beginners: Basic Adjustments

How to Open and Edit Images in Adobe Camera Raw

How To Edit RAW Photos in Adobe Camera Raw

How to Use Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge – Photo Editing Tutorial




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