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So you know to never delete photos in camera right, don’t you. Yesterday yielded yet another spectacular electrical storm that lumbered through the area. I was in the middle of cooking dinner and preparing to edit photos with Kaylin for this month’s Photo Night. I kept seeing these flashes of lightning outside my window. I rushed to the car, grabbed the tripod and set up the camera. I took one photo before Kaylin arrived and we had to get to work. I looked at the screen after the 30 second exposure and it looked completely washed out. I opened the RAW image in Photoshop CS2 and was able to extract this image. Never delete a photo in camera. Shooting RAW is also a good idea. Have fun out there.

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Matthew Rosenberg is a digital journalist, dog lover, and convicted plant killer. Seriously, you shouldn't let me near your plants.


  1. mandy says:

    Call me a dolt, but what difference does it make if the original file is on the memory stick in your camera or some other storage device like an internal/external drive or even an iPod? I’m no photographer (I just have a point-and-shoot), but I am curious about the answer. I have a feeling it has something to do with that RAW file, but is that not preservable when transferring from one place to another? Thanks!

  2. I think what you are trying to ask is, what difference does viewing an image on the camera screen, or a computer screen. Right? The screen on the back of your camera is a horrible representation of the information actually contained inthe photo file. Looking at it on a computer screen will show much more detail. Hit me up with any more questions.


  3. mandy says:

    Wow, I’m a bit of an idiot — I over-thought your post. I thought you were saying to never delete an image from your camera’s memory stick (as in, always store them there), but in fact you just meant to upload them, have a look, and then delete if they suck. In summary, just forget my first comment. : } And, rad lightning shot — I’m glad you didn’t delete it.

  4. I too was shooting that night… first in my front yard, and then I recalled seeing a really nice shot that Andrew took several years ago and headed to the Rotunda… too late. I got one strike that was several miles off and very faint.
    Next time:

  5. D’oh: url should read:

    not the one above that doesn’t work. Sorry Mr. Moderator.

  6. bianca says:

    matt, this may seem like a stupid question, but I shoot in RAW with my canon 20D…at least I’m pretty sure that’s what i’m doing. and I know the benefits, yadda yadda, but I never figured out how to extract it like you said you did here in PS. i only just see the huge jpg when i transfer the files. how? what? teach me.

  7. You need to look for a file with the .cr2 extension. If you do not see that file you are not shooting in RAW format. I believe hat only CS2 can read the RAW files your 20D.

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