Saving Photos in Raw Format

Here’s a good example of why you should take your photos in raw format. It was late into sunset one recent evening when I looked out my window. Down below were a doe and fawn white-tail deer. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and took just one photo before they disappeared into the woods. But I didn’t have time to adjust anything so when I looked at the image, it looked like this:

If you look closely, you can barely see the outline of a deer! This was at 1/160 sec., F11 at ISO400; hardly enough to get the job done.

Fortunately, that can be fixed, although one this underexposed is really pushing the process. Here’s how it turned out after adjusting the exposure in Lightroom, plus a couple of other development settings. I notice that that much exposure change sort of limits the effectiveness of some of the other settings.

Now that it is legible, I can see that I’ve seen these two before!

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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2 Responses to Saving Photos in Raw Format

  1. doerfpub says:

    Yep, RAW is definitely the way to go – have a number of examples like your blackout shot above that I was able to pull out what I needed to at least have an image – won’t be a gallery worthy shot with the artifacts, but can pull a save out when you need it.

  2. Phill Gibson says:

    Yes, I thought that shot was gone at first. Glad it turned out as readable as it did!

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