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Why Post Process RAW Images?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Keywords: postprocessing, raw, jpeg

Some have asked what is the point of post processing images. Here is an example of why I shoot in RAW and post process afterwards. This image was taken in RAW+JPEG mode so that I had a RAW and a JPEG image to work with. The image on the left is a camera-created JPEG, with no post processing—the famous SOOC (straight out of camera). The image on the right is a RAW image after minor post processing and conversion to the final JPEG.

Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) JPEG on Left, slightly post processed RAW on Right
Nikon D800 on tripod, AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens @ 34mm, f/14, 0.3 sec, ISO 50, with Hoya HD circular polarizer, SD Picture Control
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