Photo Processing RAW vs. JPG

I get emails regularly asking about the camera RAW file format. I’ve discovered that people usually shoot in either RAW or JPG file formats, for various reasons. I’m sure RAW shooters are saying, “Why would anyone shoot in JPG?” And JPG shooters are saying similar things about RAW shooters.

Both formats have their advantages, as I explained in this RAW vs. JPG post. If you’re not comfortable processing your images or don’t have the time, JPG is probably a good fit for you. Just like your camera in auto mode, the JPG format will give you good shots about 80% of the time. It’s that pesky 20% of the time when you need the data loaded in the RAW version to be able to make more substantial adjustments to an image. If your exposure is tack on and you really don’t need to make any changes after the shot (and you don’t plan on printing the image very large) then a JPG file will be just fine. It’s when you have a highlight to tame or a shadow to lighten that things can start coming unraveled. Take a look >>>

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While shooting large, information-crammed RAW images isn’t for everyone, I want you to understand the benefits of RAW and not avoid it simply because it is an unknown.

After watching this video, let me know what your preferred file format is…or will soon be. Please leave me a comment below. 🙂


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