Why you should shoot RAW: an example

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Why you should shoot RAW: an example

Still exploring my new A900+SAL24-70Z (and loving it). I've seen a few people here mention that they only shoot jpeg, and I'm occasionally guilty of that too. But yesterday, I accidently convinced myself that RAW (or cRAW) is the way to go. I was taking some 'practice' (unartistic) shots of an Indian-style mosque near my house using multi-segment metering and cRAW+jpg (w standard style). Here is a comparison of the untouched in-camera jpeg versus a jpeg generated by ACR. Check out the loss of shadows in the in-camera jpeg (walls and cloth at window). Those shadows are gone for good. But the cRAW retains them all. In fact, it seems that the A900 under-exposes a little to keep highlight details, then 'auto-levels' when creating the in-camera jpeg. But this gives you a lot more latitude when converting the RAW image yourself. May be old news, but it's made me a believer... -Glenn
In-camera jpeg:

ACR conversion:

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