Upload & Sell: Off
Howard, waycool, Ian, Peter, mhayes, MissMouse:
All your replies are terrifically helpful. Each of you gives me a bit more understanding of what a RAW file and a JPG file is/isn't; why shooting both may not be helpful; what Lightroom and PhotoShop offer; how your workflow goes. And it's all really interesting; I can't wait to get started this weekend.
So, now that I'm no longer paranoid about even opening my files, my next question is (should I make this a new post? if so, I'll edit; pls let me know) --
How did you learn all this stuff?? How did you choose your editing software? Do you also use HDR software? Can you suggest any print or online tutorials specifically for photographers?
My tech specs: I work on Macs. I have Adobe CS 5 on my work laptop, and Photoshop Elements on my home iMac. (I haven't used either, so "layers" etc. are all new territory.)
I want to do my photo editing on the home iMac, for the large monitor.
And I shoot Canon, and I see the RAW files from my camera are named Canon Raw (.CR2). Does this affect my editing?
OK, sorry, that's five questions. I'll stop there for now.