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Long live RAW / Boulogne-sur-Mer / Côte d'Opale / France

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This shot is just a peg to tell a story about shooting RAW and its advantages. :)


About this shot

I was in Boulogne-sur-Mer, a fantastic place at the Côte d'Opale, with a completely walled old town including a Medieval castle, whose foundations date to Roman times.


I found this nice spot above under rather difficult light conditions (see the original RAW shot to the right). Just to be sure I could get away with a decent shot I took two shots, one according to the light meter in camera (the one I processed above) and another one underexposed to get at least the sky right - for HDR purposes (see the comments) or to layer exposures later, eventually.


Due to the excellent (noise free) RAW shots the Nikon D700 delivers and (especially) the powerful RAW engine in Photoshop I had no problems at all getting a decent image out of that single shot. (Note: It's not a perfect example though, I used a layered 'soft' plugin in the shot above as well.)


Benefits of RAW

If there's one tip I could give any photographer it's this one: whatever camera you use - if you can, shoot RAW! Shoot RAW and learn how to use whatever RAW engine to tweak your images. There's SO much more you can do with your shots it's unbelievable.


For example here's how: Remapping Picture Tones with Photoshop RAW.


Ken Rockwell

Looking backwards I can't believe I didn't shoot RAW with my Nikon D90 in the first half year I got it due to some *advice* from the notorious Ken Rockwell. If I may give you a second tip: think twice taking *any* advice from Ken 'goofy' Rockwell!


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Taken on August 3, 2012