The OpenRAW initiative is a photography-oriented group that advocates the open documentation of digital camera RAW files.

According to OpenRaw:

During the past several months, photographers have become increasingly aware of the actions of camera makers to conceal – and in some cases, to encrypt – information stored in RAW image files. These actions have raised concern about whether a trend toward more proprietary RAW image formats could lead to fewer choices of software to edit RAW files from new cameras. They have also shaken photographers’ confidence that RAW files taken with older camera models will be supported in the future.

The survey was launched today in hopes of collecting “experiences, requirements, preferences, and concerns of digital photographers and other interested parties regarding RAW imaging technology.”

OpenRAW is hoping for a large sample of photographers in an effort to finally get some hard numbers and documentation on user-end issues.

If you’re a RAW shooter, be sure to help the cause.

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