RAW format. My S90 has it… the Rebel XS has it… what’s so great about it? I’ve been looking around the web to try to figure out whether I should shoot in RAW or jpeg. The best post I found was here. The answer appears to be: if I’m not in a hurry to get multiple shots, go for both. (RAW carries more information so it takes longer to save to the SD card.)
It was cold and gray outside today, so I chose to stay inside and take pictures out the back window, to try to see whether RAW + jpeg mode is worth all the space it takes on the card. There was a nice squirrel outside who volunteered to pose for me (while looking at the bird feeder, trying to figure out how he could partake.) Since it was cloudy, I set the white balance to “cloudy”. But that maked the squirrel look all nice and warm-brown, not the steely-gray that he really is:
I opened the RAW copy of the picture in Photoshop, and it opened a window that I’d never seen before – one whose function is purely for modifying RAW images. It has a drop-down menu where I could change the white balance, thereby restoring order in the universe.
We wouldn’t want that squirrel to look too cute. After all, as my sister says, he’s just a rat with good PR.