Don’t Underestimate the power or RAW

Sun DownLet’s start this off with a little definition of RAW.  The RAW format (or NEF in Nikon literature = Nikon Electronic File) contain all the image data required by the camera sensor.  This image information is saved completely with the file which allows a more extensive use in post-processing.

After a lot of shooting in JPG  and a lot of hearing about RAW images I decided to give it a try.  I was reluctant. My pictures were very good in JPG and I was still able to do a pretty good job with them in Photoshop (or Gimp when the budget won’t allow any other thing).  So I though being economic on Disk Space, plus software was a good idea.  At the same time I could double the amount of images I could shoot and hold in any given SD Card by shooting in JPG even in its larger and finer settings.

Then I switched to RAW.

I was definitely introduced to a new wonderful world of digital imaging mastery and digital photography adjustment options.  Having all the digital image information saved without loosing anything by compression (which is what JPG automatically does) is just too nice to move away from.  Yes its true that files are larger and you can hold less images on your SD card.  But then it’s also true that Storage Units are cheaper by the day.  The benefits of shooting RAW totally outweighs any idea of saving space, which is the one of the only benefits of shooting JPG.

So next time you are preparing to shoot that special portrait, landscape, senior prom, or that simple house party, remember RAW always gives you a lot more options to correct your final photos without loosing any information in post editing.

Think about it, doesn’t it make a lot of sense?!

Ricky aka @biggaboss


  2 comments for “Don’t Underestimate the power or RAW

  1. May 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Interesting. But if I have regular Lumix camera am I still able to use RAW ? Do I need to have Adobe LightRoom to work with RAW right ?

  2. May 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Small Point and shoot camera’s usually don’t allow you to shoot in RAW, but maybe in Tiff which also keeps more file information than jpg. You do not need LightRoom only to manage RAW files. You can also use Apperture, Capture NX/2 (if you use Nikon) Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Elements and others. I use either Photoshop or NX/2

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