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What Does Render Mean When Talking About Digital Photography?

When talking about photography, specifically post-processing and image editing the term ‘render’ or the process of ‘rendering’  refers to the application of algorithms to a digital image file which convert the image information contained within the file into a viewable format on a viewing device. Rendering is also constantly occurring within digital cameras. In mirrorless cameras with an EVF or electronic view finder the information being received through the image sensor must be rendered in the EVF. Images are also rendered on the LCD screen when viewing them on a camera or chimping.

If you are looking at this image it is being rendered on your monitor!
Photo: Dan Carr