This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 12 – Shooting in Raw.
I have been shooting in raw since day one. In the beginning, I shot in both raw and jpeg; now I shoot in raw only. I always shoot in raw not because I knew all the benefits of shooting in raw, but because I was told to do so from the start and I didn’t even bother to find out why.
Now I know… thanks to Raj 😉
So, I learned… if you shoot in raw, your “editing program” (Photoshop in my case) is doing the conversion, converting the raw file to a jpeg file (or other file type so it can be displayed), and if you shoot in jpeg, a program in your camera is doing the conversion. And usually the PC editing program does a much better converting job (keeping more detail data of your photo) than the program in your camera.
I dug out an old photo. First, here is a jpeg photo that was created by photoshop. (It was shot in raw and I used Photoshop to convert it to jpeg. I didn’t do any editing, simply opened it in Photoshop and saved it to a jpeg file.)
Next is the jpeg photo that was created by my camera. (Shot in jpeg.)
It is clear to me that the first photo shows more details and better color. But, can Photoshop help me get some details/color back for the second photo?
Next photo is the same jpeg photo created by my camera after some editing work (By the way, I am not an expert in editing photos.)
Hmm… I know I want to continue shooting in raw, but there is an advantage to shoot in both raw and jpeg, isn’t there?
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