Good news for camera buffs. Microsoft Live Photo Gallery 2011 now supports RAW images
If you take a lot of photos, you will want to read this..and we all do take a lot of pictures..73 billion still images were shot in the US last year..a quarter of those images were shot in RAW format. If you have a dSLR or higher end point and shoot camera it is probably capable of shooting in RAW format. You may want to take advantage of this capability..raw format, is the uncompressed output from each of the original pixels on the camera’s image sensors. Raw files have several advantages over JPEG files including higher image quality, finer control, and more image information. Think of them as big, digital negatives waiting to be processed. The big news is that you can now view and edit these files in Windows.
Working with RAW images in Windows Live Photo Gallery, there is no chance of damaging your original by accidentally editing it because Photo Gallery makes a copy of the raw original and converts it to either JPEG or the far superior JPEG-XR (or HD Photo) format. With JPEG-XR, all of the quality of the raw original is there so you can fine-tune different editing effects. You can fix red-eye, remove blemishes, or make detailed image adjustments with confidence knowing your original raw file is safe.
Here is another video showing you the possibilities when you view and edit your files using the new RAW capability of Windows Live Photo Gallery.
There is a good chance you have already installed Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011..if not you can get it here. Once it is installed download the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows 7 and Vista here. It supports 120 different cameras.