A common concern among photographers is whether to shoot in RAW or in JPEG. Beginner photographers will often hear from professional photographers that shooting in RAW is better. Yes indeed most professional shooters today choose to shoot in RAW for various reasons.
Let’s begin by defining first what a RAW is. A raw is a file format wherein the data of the image captured by your camera remains unprocessed and complete. It does not undergo automatic processing unlike in jpeg. Thus, no data is compressed or lost. You see the exact details of the image as you capture it.
So, what’s the big deal if you get an uncompressed or unprocessed image when choosing RAW? Well, if you manage to preserve all the information of the file, then you can have better control of the image when you process it later on. Better control of how your shots will appear after post production is only one of the many advantages of shooting in RAW.
High Quality Images
Since it is important for you and your clients to produce the highest quality images, which means sharp, clear and detailed pictures, then shooting in RAW can surely help you achieve this. If you shoot in raw, the camera will not adjust or alter anything in your image. You can compose your image, use your skills, apply what you know and expect to get an image that is similar to what you see in the viewfinder. Of course, the better camera and ideal lens you have, the more perfect images you can get.
Correct Image Problems Easily
Shooting in raw will allow you more control of the images captured especially if there are flaws in it. You cannot expect to get perfect images all the time no matter how skilled you are. You will encounter situations that might hinder you from achieve that perfect. But then, if you shoot in RAW, you can easily correct the exposure, white balance, color and overall look of your images. You can enhance your photos effortlessly especially if you already gained the skills in photo editing. Your clients will be impressed by how awesome your photos are.
Some photographers say that shooting in RAW will require one to spend more time in post processing later that’s why they choose to shoot in jpeg. Well, that is a lame excuse since even photographers who shoot in jpeg also spend time to edit or enhance the images. If you already skilled in photo editing, then post processing will be a breeze.
Memory Storage Requirement in RAW
A raw file is surely two to three times bigger than a jpeg which means that it takes up a bigger part of your memory card. This is one of the complaints by beginner photographers. This shouldn’t worry you though since nowadays memory cards a lot cheaper than before. You can even purchase affordable fast memory cards if you usually shoot fast, action events or games.
There’s no doubt that shooting in RAW offers so many advantages that you shouldn’t miss or take for granted. Go ahead and practice shooting in RAW now.