Get started with RAW

If you’re not sure how to process a RAW file, our sim­ple, in­tu­itive work­flow will help get you started

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Shoot­ing in RAW is some­thing you’re of­ten ad­vised to do (see page 16 for all the cur­rent ar­gu­ments for and against it). All the in­for­ma­tion about the colours and tones in a scene are con­tained in a RAW file, but you’ll need to do some work to dis­play tones that ap­pear to be miss­ing in darker or brighter ar­eas. You may also find that colours oc­ca­sion­ally suf­fer from a warm or cool tint due to in­cor­rect white balance set­tings used by the cam­era at the time of cap­ture.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll show you a typ­i­cal photo-fix­ing work­flow that will demon­strate the ways you can an­a­lyse a RAW file for typ­i­cal ex­po­sure and colour prob­lems, and then cor­rect them us­ing the slid­ers in the so-called Ba­sic panel. Once your pro­cessed photo looks more like the scene did on lo­ca­tion, you can build on this ba­sic work­flow by ap­ply­ing more com­plex tools and ef­fects to the im­age.

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