Raw Format Is a Lifesaver
Opinion: Adobe's DNG specification is a boon to software writers and smaller camera manufacturers, but the big players might resist it.Will Adobes DNG (Digital Negative ) displace the current multitude of raw camera formats? I dont really have an opinion, but I can provide some explanatory material to inform the debate. In a previous column, I said that exposure is easy in digital photography. True, but only true because of the miracle of "Raw."
Raw is an invisible wonder. Photographers rave about the Raw format of their cameras and the exploits of their favorite Raw converters, but prepress never sees a raw image. Adobes announcement of DNG makes a lot of noisebut no one seems to be writing DNG fileswhats going on here?