How To Choose The Right File Types For Photos RAW Versus JPEG

How To Choose The Right File Types For Photos RAW Versus JPEG

RAW versus JPEG file formats what to use in digital photography.

FILE TYPES

1. JPEG  

When you set your camera to shoot JPEG files, an algorithm determines which information is discarded and which is kept, without changing the way the image looks. This is great for saving space on your memory card, but not so good if you intend to edit in Photoshop. However, here are the benefits of shooting JPEGs:
• If you do not wish to spend time editing your photos.
• If you want to save space on your memory card, (e.g. when travelling).
• If you want to shoot super-fast in continuous bursts.

How To Choose The Right File Types For Photos RAW Versus JPEG

2. RAW

This is the native, uncompressed digital camera file, offered on higher-end cameras. Admittedly, there are disadvantages of shooting in RAW format.
Firstly, your image files will be about five times bigger; secondly, you will need more storage space on a computer; and finally, it may impact your editing workflow, slowing you down.
The overwhelming advantage of shooting in RAW format is that you do not discard any data.
You can use this information to create the best possible image.
For example, this flexibility means you could recover blown-out highlights or bring back detail in the shadows that would be impossible to do with JPEGs.
Think of a RAW file as being akin to a film negative which you can process how you want in a ‘digital darkroom.’

How To Choose The Right File Types For Photos RAW Versus JPEG

By – Academy of Photography

As I have mentioned many times, my preference is to shoot RAW, export the file into a JPG format and work on it in post production as JPG.

This seem to confuse a lot of people as the logical step would be to import RAW files directly into Lightroom and modify the settings there.

RAW vs JPEG – should you always shoot in RAW?

By – Matt Granger

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