XDrive Photo Lesson 12 – Shooting in Raw

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?

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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8 Responses to XDrive Photo Lesson 12 – Shooting in Raw

  1. Raj says:

    Thanks Helen for the contribution for the week! I was waiting for the challenge for me this week 😀
    Seriously your posts always make me rethink and revisit what I wrote earlier in my posts.

    Yes, the jpg file has been able to generate a better-looking output using photoshop. But the point is if you used the raw version to edit and output rather than use the jpg version you would get a still better result. Because raw has much more information to work on than a jpg. In the film days, you had the negatives, they worked like digital raw files. Using the negatives photographers created any kind of effect. Using the jpg to edit and creating another jpg, you are going to lose the quality. One may not see those changes on a computer screen, but if you check both images at 100% zoom you will see the difference for sure. If you have time try the raw file and try the same edits and output as jpg and then compare.

    This critical review is part of the XDrive’s Photography Learning sessions. Thanks for the contribution Helen.
    Raj

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Raj. It took me a while (some struggle) to decide what to do with this assignment. My first choice was to pick some photos I Like and show a before and after photos, but that doesn’t say much about shooting in raw. My second thought was to pick some very bad photos, either over exposed or under, and to show how I can recover the details from the raw file, but you have done so well in this on your post. Besides, most of the time, those photos would be deleted right away 😉 Finally, I thought it would be nice to see both the jpeg camera created, and the one Photoshop created to do a comparison. Since you are shooting in raw, you probably don’t have any jpeg that was created by the camera. I thought this could be a good extra info. And I have been wondering if I have missed something by dropping shooting the jpeg option anyway.
      You brought up a good point. Sometime we can’t really see the difference with our eyes. When we print the photo in a huge size, the difference may show. Thanks for pointing out that.
      I did edit the Raw photo. I didn’t include in this post purposely (ha ha ha). I was trying to focus on the jpeg the camera created. I wanted to be able to see why many photographer say don’t shoot in jpeg. (Then, you pointed out that sometime we can’t see the difference with our eyes 😉
      Thanks again for another great lesson. Now I don’t feel bad for dropping the jpeg option.
      Good night.

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      • Raj says:

        Helen, it was a perfect try. In fact my next post based on your post only. You gave me excellent idea on what kind of questions people could have on the raw and jpg thing. In general, a nicely exposed picture would not show so much of difference with raw vs jpg. But not all the photos we produce fall into that category. Raw helps us to enhance as well as recover the deficiencies in a better way. That’s the whole point. If someones whole idea is to post a image on tiny Instagram screen, I think they don’t need raw, just the jpg out of the camera would suffice. Even for social network posting one may not need raw but its the satisfaction one gets by processing high quality image at it best possible output. 🙂
        Cheers to you .. and you have a wonderful day now! 🙂

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        • Helen C says:

          Ah, that makes a lot of sense!!! Thank you. I am looking forward to reading it.
          Can I be your teaching assistant if I keep asking questions? 😉
          Cheers.

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          • Raj says:

            You are more than welcome for that job! But in reality you and others already doing it. I simply don’t want to post “a topic” a week. That kind of stuff already available on the internet. I do posts based on our conversations. That tells me exactly what to write about and what actually needed. Keep doing your good work. We can learn a lot from them for sure!

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  2. Raj says:

    Sorry missed your last question Helen, I feel there is no advantage shooting raw and jpg, other than jpg version you could do a quick upload to social sites etc.

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