This week I want to revisit the Photo Editing topic but this time we're going to put a spin on it. How editing can completely change the 'mood' of an image? Depending on the photographer's vision or the assignment, heavy editing is required. Keep one thing in mind. I'd risk to say that 100% of the professinal images you see out there, be it magazine or internet, have been processed.
These images are most likely shot in RAW format. According to wikipedia "Raw image files are sometimes called digital negatives, as they fulfill the same role as negatives in film photography: that is, the negative is not directly usable as an image, but has all of the information needed to create an image"
As you can see above RAW formats are like negatives in film photography and are not ready to be used as an image BUT they contain all information needed to create an image.
Most DSLR cameras today give you the option of shooting RAW, JPEG or both. If you choose both, the camera will capture a RAW version and will create a JPEG version of the same image. The camera will apply some processing the to JPEG, that's why the image you see on the back of the camera is never what you see when you transfer it to the computer. But the key factor about shooting RAW, is that the camera WILL NOT compress the image, like it does with JPEG, therefore it keeps all details about the colors and dynamic range (ratio between the lighest and darkest values of the scene).
Having the most amount of information about the colors, is crucial when editing an image.
Below I'm going to show you two versions of 2 images. The one on the left is straight out of camera (SOOC) and the one on the right is a processed version of the same image. If I were to shoot these images only in JPEG format, I'd never be able to process them to the extend I did. ..
Check it out...