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06-30-2019, 11:00 AM   #1
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Question RE: jpeg & raw formats

Why does a photo appear darker in raw format than in jpeg as presented by my Windows 10 software? Of course, the f/ stop and shutter setting are the same in both formats; the raw photo has many more pixels as expected.

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This is because most raw files needs to be processed before they will look good. Basic gallery software doesn't do as much processing as the camera would, and as a result your raw files may look worse.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SmilinBob Quote
Why does a photo appear darker in raw format than in jpeg as presented by my Windows 10 software? Of course, the f/ stop and shutter setting are the same in both formats; the raw photo has many more pixels as expected.
Raw files (PEF; DNG) are not picture files, like JPG. As Adam says, they need processing and saving as a jpeg or other picture format file. If you try and view a raw file in software like Windows 10 picture viewer the software will display a "jpeg preview" that is within the raw file. This "preview" may look quite different to any jpeg that has been correctly created from the original raw file, whether in camera or in software capable of raw conversion.

BTW the raw and jpeg will contain exactly the same number of pixels unless you have cropped the jpeg image or downsized it.
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