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Get The Most Out of Lightroom By Shooting RAW

February 5th, 2013

In this little 22 min video Julieanne Kost goes through the basics of creating the highest quality photographs by learning how to crop, remove lens distortion, correct perspective, make global and local color and tonal corrections in the Lightroom 4. These are all the basic things real estate photographers need to know how to do and they all work best if you start with a RAW file!

A recent discussion with a beginning real estate photographer made me realize that not everyone appreciates importance to shooting in RAW format. Sure RAW files are bigger but these days when a 1TB disks are $100 or less this is hardly an issue anymore. The big reason for shooting RAW is that Lightroom (and other photo-editing software) will effectively automatically fix lens distortion and all the other adjustments work far better if you start with a RAW file. Lightroom doesn’t have lens profiles for JPG files.

I can remember doing a post like this in 2006 admonishing everyone to shoot RAW and it was controversial. I doubt that is controversial any more. Sure you can get by shooting JPG but life is much easier shooting RAW. Here’s a post by Rob Lim, that makes a more detailed argument for shooting RAW.

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4 Responses to “Get The Most Out of Lightroom By Shooting RAW”

  • Thanks Larry great video. I am a Lightroom user and fan..

  • I’m a huge fan of Julieanne Kost. She is the voice of Lightroom for Adobe. For a ton of other good Lightroom information check her at http://www.jkost.com/lightroom.html.
    If you ever get a chance to see her speak, take the time and go. She’s as funny as she is smart.

  • I’m a big fan of Julieanne Kost too. She has tutorials at Lyndia.com and I find them to be the most thoughtfully organized, presented, and helpful. She is great at Photoshop too.

  • I SHOOT RAW!

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