Wednesday, February 21, 2007

March/April 2007 HelpLine

In Search Of ISO
    * ISO Settings And Exposure Compensation
    * RAW Delivered
    * Travel Tip

DPMag Published in HelpLine
March/April 2007 HelpLine
In actuality, when you're "processing" a RAW file, you're just changing metadata; you aren't changing the image itself. If you want a film analogy, consider the RAW file a "latent image" you need to develop. If you want to "freeze" this image so it's developed the way you want, you need to turn it into a file type other than RAW. The new file type might be the native format of your image editor, or if you have no additional editing to do, it might be some format you'll then use as your master file.

Quite a few RAW conversion programs let you batch-process RAW files to TIFF or JPEG files. The manufacturers usually will tell you that on their websites.

Travel Tip

I want to mention a technology I recently used on a trip to Europe. I needed to travel light and couldn't bring my laptop, but I still needed to check in at various points. Throughout the trip, I was able to find and use Internet-connected computers, but they were configured for the user's native language. Getting around in a web browser or e-mail was a potential problem.

Before I left the U.S., I set up a USB drive (SanDisk Cruzer Micro) with U3 technology, including a browser with all of the bookmarks I needed. When I traveled, I simply plugged in the USB to the computer, and I could use my web browser in English on each computer that was configured in a foreign language. Plus, I was able to download documents and take advantage of the storage on the drive.

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