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Old 05-12-2007, 03:24   #1 (permalink)
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Stupid question..

What does RAW stand for?
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Old 05-12-2007, 03:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stupid question..

I'm pretty sure RAW literally means raw, as in the literal meaning of the word raw. Raw image format - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:30   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Stupid question..

It is a digital image that has had no in-camera processing applied to it (unlike jpg) and is literally RAW data as captured by the sensor. Think of it as a digital negative.

The software used to process RAW files allows far greater control including the ability to change the white balance and exposure in the computer.
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Old 05-12-2007, 13:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Stupid question..

It's not a stupid question, but I'm not sure where the convention of capitalising the name comes from. File extensions like JPG and TIF are acronyms (Joint Photographic Group and Tagged Image File Format) but not Raw - it just means what it says.
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Re: Stupid question..

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It's not a stupid question, but I'm not sure where the convention of capitalising the name comes from. File extensions like JPG and TIF are acronyms (Joint Photographic Group and Tagged Image File Format) but not Raw - it just means what it says.
See that's what I thought.. it was a short form of some kind..

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I reckon its just because thats how it comes up in camera menus.
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Re: Stupid question..

According to Wikopedia, it is raw but recently it has often been written as RAW. It is because of this that one might think that RAW stands for something whereas as the simpler expanation of raw (unprocessed) appears to be the true definition.

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Yeah, what GainfulShrimp said. RAW/Raw/raw, whichever case it may be, isn't an acronym.. it's just a description of the type of file. If you check the wikipedia entry, you'll see that there are a number of different extensions for raw image files depending on the camera (for example, Canon's raw image format has the extension .CR2)
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