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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW

Shooting in RAW rather than jpeg is such an advantage I am not sure why everyone doesn’t use it. OK I do understand, you will spend more time in front of a computer adjusting your images, you will need more memory cards as RAW files take up more space but that is about it. You might think your problem is that you don’t know how to process the RAW images on your computer, we recommend Lightroom, it isn’t nearly as confusing as some image manipulation programs and anyway we run a course to show you how. I only ever shoot in RAW and could not think of a situation where that would change for me. So do you want to get better quality images?


This article on Photography Concentrate just about says it all

You’ve probably heard over and over that you should be shooting in RAW. But do you know why it’s so important? And what it really means for your images? Let’s sort it out!
First off, what is RAW? RAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When shooting in a format like JPEG image information is compressed and lost. Because no information is compressed with RAW you’re able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem images that would be unrecoverable if shot in the JPEG format.

And happily many many cameras these days shoot RAW, including point and shoots! So even if you’re using a little camera, you might still be able to take advantage of the RAW file format (just check your camera manual to see!).

So, the benefits. Let’s list ‘em out.

Get the Highest Level of Quality, Record Greater Levels of Brightness, Easily Correct Dramatically Over/Under Exposed Images

These are some of the 10 reasons you should consider shooting in RAW, go here to read the full article


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