Photography Week

Photography Week Issue 205

The world's best-selling digital photography magazine, Photography Week is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography. Every issue we bring you inspirational images, creative ideas, must-try photo projects and in-depth video reviews, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how to get the best from your camera, so you can capture and edit images you can be proud of. Designed specifically for mobile devices, each issue features reader galleries, how-to articles and step-by-step videos that will help you become a better photographer. It's your one-stop shop for all things photographic.

United Kingdom
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52 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
join the club...

Welcome to the world’s No.1 weekly digital photography magazine. If you’re already a reader, thanks for your continued support and involvement; if you’re new to Photography Week, you’ve come to the right place! In addition to expert advice, brilliant tips and step-by-step tutorials, every issue features interactive galleries of the best new photos, how-to videos on essential shooting and editing techniques, and in-depth video reviews of the latest cameras. But that’s not the whole story. Photography Week is more than a magazine – it’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. To get involved, just follow any of the links below and share your shots and comments – your photo might even appear on our cover! JOIN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK COMMUNITY AND START SHARING! FACEBOOK http://tiny.cc/bljpjx TWITTER http://tiny.cc/hmgpjx FLICKR http://tiny.cc/8kgpjx We’re more than just a magazine…

1 min.
is raw dead?

Most people call them raw files; Nikon calls them NEFs, Canon calls them CR2s and Olympus calls them ORFs. They’re the equivalent of a ‘digital negative’, a half-way stage in the image-editing process where you don’t yet have a finished image, but you still have access to all the colours, tones and data captured by the camera’s sensor. Most modern cameras give you the choice of shooting raw files or JPEGs – or both at the same time. JPEGs are ready to use straight away. You can print them and share them, but you have to leave it to your camera to process your images. With raw files, you get to do the processing. This has advantages in terms of flexibility and image quality, but raw files place extra demands on…

2 min.
what is raw?

Raw files are not photos – they’re the raw (sorry) material for photos. Raw files are just meaningless digital data until they go through a conversion process. When you look at a ‘raw’ picture you’ve just taken on the rear screen of your camera, what you’re actually seeing is a JPEG preview image generated by the camera, not the raw file itself. And when you look at a raw file in Adobe Camera Raw or other raw conversion software, you’re seeing a preview of the image as it will appear using your current settings and software. You never actually get to see a raw file in its ‘raw’ state. So although it’s handy to think of raw files as ‘digital negatives’, it’s more accurate to think of them as being like undeveloped…

1 min.
processing raw files

If you shoot JPEGs, you get ready-to-use images straight from the camera. If you shoot raw files you get the equivalent of undeveloped film, so you need a software ‘developer’ to turn your raw files into usable images. Most photographers use Adobe Camera Raw. This is the raw conversion plug-in used by Photoshop Elements and Photoshop. It’s also the technology that underpins Lightroom. But there’s a snag: every camera model produces its own raw file format. All Nikon DSLRs produce NEF files, for example, but the NEF file from a D3300 is different to the NEF file from a D7200. Every new camera comes with a new raw format, and Adobe must add support for a new format to its software. This is why it can take a few weeks, and…

4 min.
adobe camera raw

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP If you still use the last of the ‘old’ versions of Photoshop, CS6, then updates to Adobe Camera Raw have ceased. But if you use Photoshop CC, the subscription version, all the major version changes are free – you’ll never again have to pay to upgrade your Adobe software just because you’ve bought a new camera. The tools in the Photoshop version of ACR are also significantly better and more powerful than those in Elements version. PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS Adobe Photoshop Elements is both user-friendly and surprisingly powerful, but there are issues with its version of Adobe Camera Raw. It’s massively cut down compared to the Photoshop version, and you miss out on lens correction tools, localised adjustment tools and more. Also, when Adobe launches a new version of Elements, it stops…

2 min.
the cost of raw

Raw files bring flexibility and high quality, but they also place heavy demands on your hardware and your time. Some of these issues are obvious. Raw files are much bigger than JPEGs, so you’re going to need bigger memory cards and, perhaps, a computer with more storage capacity. High-capacity hard disks are inexpensive these days, but as more of us move towards paidfor cloud storage, back-up and sharing, the extra overhead could be costly. Raw files also take a lot of processing power, and they will even affect your camera’s performance. If you want to use continuous shooting mode and the raw format at the same time, for example, you may need to look at buying a more expensive camera. We’re not trying to put you off using the raw format – but…