April 25, 2005: OpenRAW Web site confronts issues crucial to quality digital photography and archiving of photographic images
The OpenRAW Working Group launched a website today at http://www.OpenRAW.org designed to solve issues crucial to the future of photography.
technology is revolutionizing the photography industry, and an emerging
part of that technology is the set of RAW camera file formats. Most
professional photographers prefer using RAW image capture because it
offers the highest quality and the greatest creative control.
grass roots OpenRAW group arose out of photographers' frustration with
camera manufacturers' refusal to openly document their proprietary RAW
file formats. That lack of file format information inhibits innovation,
limits image processing choices, and endangers the long-term
accessibility of millions of photographs. The goal of the new website
is to obtain complete documentation by manufacturers of their RAW file
"Our primary strategy is to educate the public and
the manufacturers," said Juergen Specht, the Japan-based German
photographer who is spearheading the OpenRAW group. Specht also founded
the highly regarded D1scussion mailing list for Nikon dSLR photographers, and hosts a similar 1Dscussion group
for Canon photographers. Specht continued, "Once photographers
understand what's at stake, and once digital camera manufacturers
understand how their profitability will be enhanced by the release of
the RAW file format specifications, our goals will be realized."