Have you been shooting for a while and finally want to make the switch from JPEG to RAW? Well I’m here to tell you why it is so important to shoot in RAW! I will also post some before and after pictures as well so you can see! When I first started photography, I was dating my (now) husband. His dad has done photography for years, so as soon as my camera came he explained to me why it was important to shoot in RAW. So from the beginning i have shot in RAW. I am grateful for him telling me about it because when i first started out in photography. I had several photos where they would be so dark i couldn’t see anything (I was trying to figure out shooting in Manual to. But since i had shot in RAW, I was able to save the image!
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 you shoot in a format like JPEG, image information is compressed and lost. There is nothing wrong with shooting in JPEG format but you just need to know if you do accidentally under or over expose way to much that it will be a lot harder to fix and still have it look really good. RAW images will have a lot more detail and can be printed in really big sizes. The disadvantage to RAW is the file sizes are a lot bigger and will slow the camera down. But there is an easy fix! You just need faster SD cards
I like to underexpose slightly when i shoot. That way i can still keep all the details in the photo when i brighten them up. So when i get into lightroom. All i have to do is apply my preset and raise my exposure to get that bright and colorful look that i love so much!! You can also tweak the white balance if you need to as well. I hope these examples sold you on shooting in RAW! You won’t regret it!!