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Why RAW?
Authored by: HAL9000 on Mar 15, '05 08:12:13PM

Just to reiterate / elaborate on what the others have said, tiff files are stored after the camera has done some processing to the image, such as color balance, etc. RAW files are stored before the camera does anything to them except record them. Thus, if you trust youself to make color and sharpening corrections more than you trust your camera, RAW is useful because you're not relying on the processing power of the camera, which is likely to be not as good as the results you can get from a computer and some photoshop skill. So usually if you're talented at photoshop, or have some program that is better than the internal devices in the camera, then RAW is more useful than TIFF. But if you're not all that experienced, it can often be a good idea to let the camera do it for you.

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