Every few weeks I run workshops for beginners, an introduction to digital photography for those new to the medium. One of the first things I tell people, way before I start to explain apertures and shutter speeds, is to set their cameras to shooting on RAW, which isn’t an acronym, it means just that – raw. Raw is essentially the unprocessed information straight off the sensor -no processing for sharpness, white balance,color or contrast – all adjustments are done afterwards. Without getting any more technical, raw is the digital version of a film negative and you can do a lot more with it. Always shoot raw.
The second thing I tell people is to stop obsessing about megapixels. Most cameras now, even half decent compacts, have more megapixels than the top-end professional cameras had five years ago. When all of your work is going to be displayed on the side of a house, then you can start worrying about sensor size and the amount of MP’s you have.
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