I just started shooting in RAW and I love the versatility it gives me with post processing as far as exposure and other things go, but I'm still very confused with the whole thing. I tried to read multiple articles on google and I'm still confused. I hope someone here has the patience to explain some things to me.
My files on my card show up as CR2 files. I can open them with cs5 and edit them but then cs5 wants to save it as a different format, XMP. So on my card I now have a CR2 and XMP of with the same image name. I cannot open the XMP when I click on it. Do I even need this XMP file?
Another thing I was wondering about is if it is possible to edit the RAW images without editing the original image so that I can try multiple techniques on the same photos? I would like to try out different styles but as it sits now, if i change an image to B&W its stuck that way because it has edited the original image.
Any better explanation of post processing with RAW images would be greatly appreciated. As you can tell, I'm very confused. Please help!