Raw files contain unprocessed data from your camera and are sometimes referred to as digital negatives. Since you have all the original data to work with, you can make bigger corrections when you process your photos. In this video, learn the differences between working with raw files and JPEG files.
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Adobe Camera Raw can open most raw image formats from professional and midrange digital cameras. Using the Camera Raw editing tools, you can fix color problems and uncover more details hidden in shadows and blown-out highlights.
Adobe Camera Raw lets you correct many image perspective and lens flaws by synching the raw file with your specific camera and lens profile. It also offers additional ways to correct lens distortion.
Contributor: Howard Pinsky