If you want to practice your photo editing, here’s a selection of over 100 free RAW photos for you to download.
You can experiment with any of the RAW images in your favourite photo editing program to see the dynamic range and limits of the RAW files.
Also, if you’re shopping for cameras, these downloadable RAW files can be used to compare various formats from popular brands: NEF, CR2, RAF, ARW and more.
(We’ll keep expanding this selection of free RAW images to give you a wide variety from all the modern digital cameras.)
If you use any of the images online (as a RAW or a JPEG), please link back to Shotkit and credit the photographer making it clear that the edit is your own interpretation of the photo.
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138 Downloadable RAW Photo Files (Free to Download)
We’ve separated all the free RAW images below into the most popular camera brands, including the models of the camera too.
When you begin to edit RAW photos from different camera models, you’ll start to understand the limitations of each.
In addition, depending on which RAW photo editing software you use, you’ll notice how each of the free RAW files can look different, even before any edits have been applied.
You’re free to download any of the RAW photos for editing practice – all we ask is that if you share them online, you leave a link to this page as credit.
Nikon NEF RAW Files
These free RAW photos were taken with a variety of Nikon DSLR and mirrorless cameras. We’ll be adding more Nikon NEF RAW files soon – get in touch if you’d like to submit your own.
Canon CR2 RAW Files
These free RAW photos were taken with a selection of Canon DSLR and mirrorless cameras. If you’d like to submit your own CR2 RAW photos for inclusion, get in touch.
Fujifilm RAF RAW Files
These free RAW photos were taken with a selection of Fujifilm X Series mirrorless cameras. I still own a Fujifilm X100V, so will add more RAW photos for editing soon.
Sony ARW RAW Files
These free RAW photos were taken with a selection of Sony full frame and crop sensor mirrorless cameras. I still own a Sony a7III and a7IV, so will add more Sony ARW RAW photos for editing soon.
Leica RWL RAW Files
These free RAW photos were taken with a Leica Q2 mirrorless compact camera. If you own a Leica, please help us add more RAW photos for editing to this list.
DJI DNG RAW Files
These free RAW photos were taken with a selection DJI drones that I’ve owned over the years. The sensor in the DJI Mavic series of drones is small, so don’t expect much editing latitude with these RAW images.
RAW File Format Guide
Here are the main RAW image files you’re likely to come across in 2022. You can learn more about RAWs here.
|.DNG||Apple ProRAW Image|
|.CR2||Canon Raw 2 Image File|
|.CR3||Canon Raw 3 Image File|
|.CRW||Canon Raw CIFF Image File|
|.CS1||CaptureShop 1-shot Raw Image|
|.BAY||Casio RAW Image|
|.DNG||Digital Negative Image|
|.EIP||Enhanced Image Package File|
|.ERF||Epson RAW File|
|.CXI||FMAT RAW Image|
|.RAF||Fuji RAW Image File|
|.GPR||GoPro RAW Image|
|.3FR||Hasselblad 3F RAW Image|
|.FFF||Hasselblad RAW Image|
|.KC2||Kodak DCS200 Camera Raw Image|
|.DCR||Kodak Digital Camera RAW Image File|
|.K25||Kodak K25 Image|
|.KDC||Kodak Photo-Enhancer File|
|.MOS||Leaf Camera RAW File|
|.RWL||Leica RAW Image|
|.MFW||Mamiya Camera Raw File|
|.MEF||Mamiya RAW Image|
|.MDC||Minolta Camera Raw Image|
|.MRW||Minolta Raw Image File|
|.NKSC||Nikon Capture NX-D Sidecar File|
|.NEF||Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image|
|.NRW||Nikon Raw Image|
|.ORF||Olympus RAW File|
|.RW2||Panasonic RAW Image|
|.PEF||Pentax Electronic File|
|.IIQ||Phase One RAW Image|
|.RAW||Raw Image Data File|
|.RWZ||Rawzor Compressed Image|
|.J6I||Ricoh Camera Image File|
|.SRW||Samsung RAW Image|
|.X3F||SIGMA X3F Camera RAW File|
|.ARW||Sony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image|
|.SR2||Sony RAW Image|
|.SRF||Sony RAW Image|
RAW Images for Download: Final Recommendations
Despite being a professional photographer for over 10 years, I still find editing photos challenging. Perhaps it’s the same for you too?
Hopefully, this selection of free RAW photos for editing will become a useful resource for photographers of all standards who need to practice their retouching skills.
As a reminder, if you choose to display these RAW pictures online, please remember to link back to Shotkit (or this page), and credit the original photographer, noting that any edits to the RAW files are your own.