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POTW – How to edit a 7 year old RAW file from a D2H

Jared Polin February 10, 2011 8

Photo of the week has been moved to Thursdays now that the FroKnowsPhoto Show gets posted on Mondays.

This weeks photo is of a friend Graham Colton that was captured almost 7 years ago. Back than I made the choice to shoot RAW plus JPEG in my Nikon D2H because no one could tell me which file was better. I figured it would be safe to have both files just in case one was better than the other. I think it is a very good thing that I still have the RAW file. As you will see in the video I am able to make corrections today that were not possible in Adobe Camera Raw back in 2004.

Take a look at the video and I will explain how this images was captured as well as edited.

Nikon D2H Nikon 20mm 2.8
1/250th F8 20mm or 30mm equivalent on DX
1 Strobe of to the side Shot RAW not Cropped

Graham Colton


  1. gt February 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm -

    hey Jared, I know this is a weird place to put this comment…but a while ago you promised to do a comparison of the Sigma 85mm 1.4 and the Nikon 85mm 1.4D. Do you think that’s something you’re still planning to do? If so when can we expect it?

  2. Mike in Tulsa February 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm -

    I wish I had shot RAW with my old D50 that I bought in 2006. I found your site about the time I bought my D3100 back in September and I’ve been shooting RAW ever since. I shot some great photos with that D50, I wish I could go back and edit them from the RAW files. Oh well…

  3. Timo February 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm -

    Yeah, keeping RAW files is always good. Since the day I bought Lightroom 3, I went back to old files and was suprised to see what’S possible…

    Anyway, Jared, I have a question for you: Since you frequently use your general sharpening preset in your videos, could you be so kind as to let us now, what that preset actually does (i.e. what sharpening settings are applied)?



  4. no1bossman February 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm -

    Same here, I’ve always shot RAW. But when I started reading here I decided I should keep them. Before I used to edit them then eport to full-size JPEG & the delete the RAW’s, thinking I would never go back to re-edit.

  5. Warren February 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm -

    Definately is a good example of the power of the RAW file!

    7 year old RAW file and be able to bring it up like that.. great.. I bet KR cant do that with his JPEGS

  6. Mark Stothard February 11, 2011 at 1:34 am -

    Jared, you are so right, if the image is in focus and you like the construction of the image, KEEP IT, because as you have shown, 7 years later you can edited the RAW image in newer software to enhance it.

    That’s why you keep all your old RAW files !!!


  7. Andy February 14, 2011 at 8:15 am -

    Cool, it’s really nice to see your photos especially the ones you shot earlier in your career.

    Thanks for sharing!