Why Raw image files?
Raw image file, a "digital negative", contains minimally processed raw pixel data from the image sensor of digital camera, along with some metadata and image capture parameters. Raw file contains a lot more of potentially useful information comparing to regular JPEG and TIFF files. Original raw image file may be used to process and create an image of potentially higher quality employing high-quality digital processing with precise adjustments and use of wide-gamut colorspaces for different kinds of devices like high-end displays, high-definition TVs, large cinema projectors, high-quality printers — now and in the future.
Raw image files are best suited:
For maximum best possible image quality in all senses and in every regard.
To retain all the colors and shades and tones camera captured during image capture, even those that are currently not reproducible by any existing display or printing device. To more closely reproduce the original scene for the purpose of deeper psychological immersion, more presence, and greater psycho-physiological and psychosomatic impact. JPEG sRGB colorspace used widely covers only 36% of colors visible to a human with normal vision. Adobe RGB is 52%. Cinema projector DCI-P3 is 45% only. UHDTV Rec. 2020 reaches 76%. Professional wide-gamut colorspace ProPhoto RGB is as high as 90%. Modern digital cameras provide spectrum as rich and wide as 70% of visible human color spectrum, and possibly wider.
For comfortable image viewing in different situations on different devices, on big TVs, via cinema projectors, on high-grade professional monitors; under different lighting conditions, during the day or at night, in dimly lit or completely dark rooms.
For high-quality printing and responsible prepress design in most demanding publishing applications in fashion industry, industrial design, adverstisment industry, interior design, decoration and styling. To print in books, full-color glossy magazines, as pictures on the wall and large-scale posters and banners.
To be able to work with the image colors and light precisely, to be able to edit boldly without much of quality loss. To be able to create a more real and true to life look or, alternatively, make it look more artistic and more like a fantasy. To improve image clarity, local contrast, saturation and white balance.
To retain huge dynamic range under different lighting conditions met in nature. To recover image highlights and boost shadows and midtones; to recover dark and light areas of the picture in order to be able to show and see what human eye usually can't see. To correct camera exposure errors.
For high-quality noise shaping and controlled image detail sharpening.
To employ high-quality optical lens corrections, such as corrections of lens distorions, peripheral light fall-off, vignetting, chromatic aberrations and lens diffraction.
For the better future: to process photographs with the most advanced image processing algorithms and workflow of the future. To make images ready for upcoming displays, monitors, cinema projectors, and printers. To make your photography really future-proof.
You can use any of the following Raw processing software packages to process Raw image files: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw, DxO Optics Pro, Phase One Capture One Pro. There are many other Raw converters available including free ones. When processing try to work and save in ProPhoto RGB 48 bit professional wide-gamut colorspace only. The only sensible alternative to Raw image format is ProPhoto RGB 48 bit format.
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