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To capture images in the Raw format requires only a camera that shoots Raw. To work with those images in Photoshop, you need both a camera and software that can process the Raw files. To work with images in Photoshop CS2's Camera Raw plug-in, you need a camera on the supported cameras list for Camera Raw — and, of course, Photoshop with Camera Raw. Adobe updates the Camera Raw plug-in regularly to ensure compatibility with the latest cameras as well as with the latest nit-picky changes that camera manufacturers have made to their proprietary versions of Raw. (If we all get together and chant, "Dee-En-Gee" loud and long, do you think those camera companies might adopt the .dng file format?) Check for the latest Camera Raw update and list of supported cameras here (and don't forget to read the installation instructions):

www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html

Working with images in the Raw format requires one other thing that you might not have: additional time. Opening the Camera Raw plug-in, making the necessary adjustments to your image, and then transferring the image into Photoshop all take time. Granted, making changes in Camera Raw eliminates the need for many of the adjustments that you'd be making in Photoshop, but working in Camera Raw could seem to be slower. (Actually, depending on your system, Camera Raw might speed things up because tonal adjustment, color correction, sharpening, and noise reduction are all in one place — there's no waiting for adjustments and filters to be applied and then for the next dialog box to open.)

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