Friday, June 13, 2008

RAW from DSLR

This is the first time I played with a RAW file, the RAW produced by Canon 450D cannot be open directly from Photoshop CS2, and therefore, I use Digital Photo Professional bundled from the camera to open the file. I did nothing there but "convert and save" it to TIFF. TIFF is an lossless compression format, supporting more than 8-bit. Since 450D supports 14-bit now, so by saving it to JPG, you lost some signal already.

Then I open the TIFF from Photoshop. To my surprise, the image is tack sharp! It's just taken by the kit lens hand-held! Previously, the images are found to be less than very sharp, even with the 200mm f2.8L, now I know the reason. The JPEG file produced by the camera always leave something to be desired.

Therefore, I believe that we shall use RAW whenever we're doing something serious. And I'm very sure that astrophotography would require that absolutely. Next time when I shoot the sun or the moon, I shall try RAW instead. Deep sky imaging needs RAW for sure.

2 comments:

youwish! said...

Oldfield,

You may also want to check out Iris! Jim Solomon has a great guide on DSLR processing! I love his guide and Iris is great (especailly as freeware!)

http://www.saratogaskies.com/articles/cookbook/index.html

Mike

- http://maphilli14.blogspot.com/

Oldfield said...

Thanks a lot!