Why we shoot RAW
What is RAW? RAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When shooting in a format like JPEG image information is compressed and lost. At f14media our cameras are always set to capture every image in the RAW format.
Why? Because no information is compressed with RAW you’re able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem images that would be unrecoverable if shot in the JPEG format.
In this image you can see that the original was underexposed, however thats not a problem as the photo was shot in RAW. It means that the exposure can be raised in post processing along with other local adjustments like white balance.
So, shooting RAW means that pictures normally destined for the recycling bin can now be fully recovered and are completely usable. Make sure though if you’re shooting RAW that you have a large memory card, why you ask? Because RAW files are uncompressed they contain a lot of information which makes them very large, typically each RAW file is about 25mb in size compared to around 6mb for a JPEG.
Main Advantages of Shooting RAW
- Record the Highest Level of Quality
- Record Greater Levels of Brightness
- Easily Correct Dramatically Over/Under Exposed Images
- Easily Adjust White Balance
- Get Better Detail
- Non-Destructive Editing
- Get Better Prints
Main Disadvantages of Shooting RAW
- Files are large
- You need a lot of storage space
- Can slow down your cameras buffer
- Every file will need to be edited before posting online
- Specialist software will be required to view and edit files