Glossary

The Digital Negative

Written by Gail Bjork

As the Digital Negative (DNG) becomes more widely acceptable, it will ensure that photographers shooting RAW can access their image files in the future.

The Digital NegativeThe Digital Negative  is an an open standard RAW file, an unprocessed digital camera file format. For most advanced digital camera users, shooting RAW is considered essential because it can be processed precisely as the individual desires.

However, until Adobe introduced the Digital Negative (DNG) in 2004, there was no standard format for RAW files.

Digital cameras use a variety of proprietary RAW formats. Because of this, not every RAW file can be read by all software programs. So if you shoot RAW and own two digital cameras made by two different manufacturers, you may not be able to open or process RAW files using the same image editing program.

As the DNG format becomes more widely acceptable, it will ensure that photographers can access their image files in the future.

Adobe offers a free Adobe DNG converter for both Mac and Windows computers. The program automatically converts RAW files from more than 200 cameras to .DNG

There is a growing list of camera and software manufacturers that support Digital Negative.

Source: Adobe

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

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