I have been asked a few times whether or not I shoot RAW. This file format is normally only available on DSLR’s and it is the unprocessed digital file. Your camera makes adjustments and corrections to the JPG file, even before PSE/CS3 touches it. This unprocessed file allows you much greater lattitude in processing than a jpg file would. It’s also much bigger and requires additional processing steps.
I have not tried shooting RAW yet. I am planning on doing it at some point, but I need a bit better computer for that. Right now my computer is pretty much maxed out. When I get a new fangled computer, I will be downloading ACR (Adobe Camera Raw), which is a free program. It allows you to process the photos in batches, make adjustments to all photos at once, and then save all as jpgs. You can also set up presets that you would normally do to each photo and run them.
If you have registered on ILP, there is a great tutorial on starting in on RAW. If you haven’t registered on that site yet, you need to spend some time over there. There is a lot of good information. (After you register you need to post once on the Introductions forum before you will see the rest of the site).
If you shoot RAW I would love to hear what you think of the file type and if you think it has helped your photography. Feel free to post to a discussion on your own site. 🙂