|Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 7):|
once again sorry for my ignorance. What's a RAW picture?
When you shoot jpeg, the camera actually converts the image to .jpg format with certain defined parameters, such as colour tone, contrast, exposure compensation, sharpness, and white balance.
It's a nice sunny day, and you're shooting a white painted aircraft. You know the 300D will probably blow the exposure on the fuselage, so you set -0.6 so that the camera underexposes a little. You also set the white balance to 'sunny' or 'auto' so that the appropriate colour temperature is applied.
A straight conversion to jpeg will give a nice image, but you might get something a little dull with a blue colour cast because the camera's borked the colour temperature. but if you record it as RAW you can alter these things with no loss in quality, before you convert it. It means editing takes a little longer, but you've much greater control, and get the scene looking how it did on the day.
All this is before
you start fooling around with levels, curves, and sharpening etc in photoshop. Since using raw my PS
workflow is a bit quicker, because you have a much nicer image to start off with.
It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.