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Importing Raw Data from a Digital Camera

Camera raw image file formats are created by most current digital cameras and contain all the information about how the image was taken. The image information is directly captured from the camera without any filters or adjustments. This lets photographers interpret the image data rather than letting the camera make the adjustments and conversions. For example, many cameras have options to balance color and correct for shadows. The Raw format takes its information directly from the photo array. In addition, the Raw format doesn't throw away image information to generate the file. Camera raw image files have the advantage of being smaller because the image only contains the actual data captured by the sensor without any additional in-camera processing. Although digital cameras use a proprietary format to save the image data, the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in will open most Raw formats. The adjustments available with the Camera Raw Plug-in provides flexibility to produce the best image possible from a camera raw image file.


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