Shooting in RAW format may be kind of underrated for most of us because we do not really know what it is for, aside from the fact that we find it to sound weird and too technical. We are used to seeing pictures that are in JPEG, and this is the reason why we neglect using the RAW format.
To change our perspective on this, and make the most of our pictures, let us know the reasons why we should start using the RAW format in taking pictures.
- Higher Brightness Levels
It is important to note that taking RAW format pictures is an option to choose, before we take pictures, and we need to set this up before the actual shooting takes place. With this, we have enough time to know if the environments which are to be taking a picture from is bright or dark enough. If there is a little amount of light on it, we can always consider taking a picture of it in RAW format.
This is because that RAW pictures record 20 times to 60 times more levels of brightness than that of a JPEG picture. With this, we have a lot control on the picture on post processing, because we can adjust and edit to more potions on brightness without a reduction of quality. Also the likelihood of producing posterization is very unlikely, because of the wider range of brightness levels. Posterization is the banding of the streaks of light that are usually seen in bright environments that have too much light on it. With RAW pictures, all of these are gone.
- Higher Quality Levels
RAW lets you record and to take in all information from the data sensor because, and this is the biggest advantage and benefit that you get from RAW pictures when compared to JPEG pictures. Using this enables one to get more information from the taken picture, and with this greater information, comes more detail, which makes it boast with high quality pictures. This is because of the fact that RAW lets you process it on your own, instead of letting the camera process it. The camera is nowhere near your intelligence, this makes it high quality, because you get to do the processing. After all, all we want is to have high quality pictures.
- Higher Detail Levels
The RAW format makes your pictures blossom with details that you cannot see in JPEG ones. This makes your pictures sharper and that you can have total control on reducing its noise, because RAW format lets you do this in post processing, like in programs like the Lightroom. These programs enable you to have total control, instead of just using your camera’s settings.
- Editing without ruining the image
Pictures that are not in RAW are ruined by post-editing. These are ruined because when the editing is done, you replace the original picture with the newly adjusted or edited picture, thus reducing its quality. The more you adjust and do edit on it, the more its quality lessens because you alter and change the makeup of the image, making it look pixelated.
With RAW format pictures, what you are doing is just instructing steps on how the JPEG version should be changed, and that you are not replacing the original file, but just making process on editing it.
- Easy Balancing
Color adjustments are important in taking pictures. In RAW formats, you can then easily edit something, just like brightening up an image or perhaps darkening it. You can also quickly change the tone, and make it look cooler or warmer. This is because that there is an allocated space for the adjustments and editing to happen, knowing that RAW pictures are bigger than normal ones. This reason sums it all up into giving you full control on it.
- Better Prints
Because RAW files can be adjusted and edited in more ways possible, and that it doesn’t show signs of reduced quality, you’ll end up seeing your outputs looking finer and sharper than ever. A RAW file reduces the likelihood of grains or those pixelated things you get from other formats. Though we are more into digital photography, still nothing beats the printed out pictures. Prints look different than the digital ones, and usually it is of less quality. But with the help of RAW format, you can even make it better looking than the digital ones.
- Recovering Gaps
You can recover the lost beauty of RAW format pictures. As idiomatic as it seems, this is true. This is because that you can get to change it, or perhaps use the details which are not seen in the output picture, that are captured by the image sensor. For example, if you have taken a picture which is overexposed, or perhaps underexposed, you can always edit it, without having to replace it, because you can tap unto unused information, and place it on the new picture. Therefore, you add the missing piece to the beauty of the picture, making it look more of a professional looking shot.
You get to do everything all at once, because you are omnipotent, of course with the help of the RAW format pictures. With this, you can simultaneously edit the pictures all at once, because this is supported by the editing and photography programs such as Lightroom and Aperture. Though this only is applicable when editing pictures that are in RAW format, and if not then you would not be edit this all at once. This allows you to easily process multitudes of RAW pictures in just a single sweeping, making the entire workflow convenient and much easier for you.
Yes, RAW formats are uncompressed, which makes it have a bigger file size than the other formats. Because it is uncompressed, it has a higher quality, because the details and the information that are captured by the image sensor are all used, and are in its original form. So here, we can see that its huge file size had an advantage. Along with it, it carries the information needed to complete the imagery. With JPEG formats, your pictures are generally changed and because the file size is shrunk, which means that the quality is also reduced with the shrinking of file size. One misconception is that we usually think of compressing as retaining the quality but in reality it is not. This is what makes RAW formats way cooler.
- Professionalism at its best
If we wanted to be professional, then we should give the highest quality possible to our clients. With this, we should not settle for less, and that effort is a must. We can do this by using RAW formats, as though it requires more of your energy and time for post processing, still it is worthy to see that your efforts had reaped and that you can earn respect from it. Well, practically speaking, it just makes the most out your pictures.
To sum it all up, all we need is to know the benefits of shooting in RAW and how it will propel our pictures to be the best looking photographs of all time. Start shooting RAW!