Tony and friends -
The link below is to a post that I wrote several days ago in a different thread and while thinking about it today it occurred to me that it might be helpful to some of those who are new to Raw and come to this thread for information. It may clarify for them what a Raw file is and might answer that eternal question "Why does LR change my Raws?" As a bit of background, the OP asked how he could know what the original Raw is supposed to look like if LR keeps changing it. It seemed to me that he had the idea that what he saw on the camera LCD was the "real Raw" that could then be changed at will. This seems to be a not uncommon misconception - that the camera's embedded jpg is the definitive version that one can try to recreate in LR or disregard, but either way it is some sort of Holy Grail. Actually, my out of camera Raws look horrible in Explorer or DPP or some other photo browser. Read the post to see why:
Elie, thanks for this!
You know, sometimes I get a bit of a chuckle when people pop up about this stuff without having done the "homework", but I don't want to be mean about it!