Since a long time, there is the debate of RAW vs. JPEG images Professionals usually say ONLY shoot Raw, then others say shoot Raw and jpeg. Again others say only shoot Jpeg. In this post today I will be explaining to you, where the differences are and which way of going will be good for you. based on what type of photographer and editor you are.
So let’s get started. 😀
The Difference Between RAW and JPEG. Images
- Stores 16384 shades of information per color.
- File size is Up to 10 times bigger than JPEGs.
- Editing software needed to open it.
- Very editable.
- Uncompressed file that has all sensor data from the camera.
- A high dynamic range (more detail in shadows and highlights)
- Bad contrast (because of high dynamic range and super easy to fix in post)
- Not as sharp (also easy to fix in post)
- Stores 256 shades of information per primary color.
- Small file size
- No extra software needed to open it.
- Very limited editable.
- Lower dynamic range
- Quickly to share or upload
Why Shoot in RAW
You might think why shoot in RAW if the file that comes out of Lightroom at the end will be a JPEG as well? And you are right. If you like the JPEG that comes out of the camera and it’s the way you want the picture to be, use it. However when you shoot “the perfect picture” but one stop underexposed you will have a problem with the JPEG. But if you have a RAW file just go to Lightroom and fix the problem with one button job done! Another thing you should consider is that your big desktop computer has way more processing power than your little camera. So guess which one will be running the fancy algorithms to sharpen without ugly edges and noise, to denoise without losing all the detail? You guessed right your desktop pc will be the one. 🙂 The list of things your pc can do better goes on and on.
Why Shoot in JPEG
Some People say they never shoot in JPEG. The reason is that your camera actually shoots in RAW and then quickly converts it to a JPEG using firmware. However, in this process, all the information of the Raw file will be reduced and baked into one small little layer called JPEG. That’s why nobody who knows what he does shoots in JPEG… WRONG. 🙂 First, the JPEG of your DSLR will always look better than one from a point and shoot. If you just want to use JPEG and don’t want to edit it that’s fine. 🙂 Also if your Camera is able to shoot in burst modus you will be able to shoot in burst longer in JPEG than in RAW since the RAW file will take waaaaay longer to save to your sd card.
If you want to edit your pictures, after you took them in Lightroom or any other kind of way, I would shoot in RAW. If you don’t want to edit them later or you just take some pictures of your family trip you might want to use the JPEG mode. RAW might be a bit overkill and will eat your sd card in no time. What I wouldn’t do is shoot in both formats, since this is the most space taking option and if you have the RAW file any way you don’t really need the JPEG.
OK, that’s already it 🙂 I hope you liked my comprising of RAW vs. JPEG. images and that I was able to help you guys with some of your questions. If you have any questions, opinions or topics you would like to read an article about, let me know in the comments. 🙂
Till then have an amazing day. 🙂
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