Shooting In RAW
A RAW image is an uncompressed image file that records lots and lots of data! Editing will never affect a RAW image. Any editing changes you make will be saved separately. Leaving the RAW file untouched.
Options When You Edit
The main reason why photographers shoot in the RAW format is that it leaves more options when it comes time to process and edit.
Many photographers recommend shooting in the RAW format as soon as you start shooting digital photography. They figure that most of you will eventually wind up there, so why not start right away? Here are a few reasons why it's a good idea to shoot RAW.
Dynamic Range is the difference between the lightest part of the photo and the darkest part.
When shooting a RAW image, MORE data is collected, meaning a better dynamic range and more information that can be edited later.
If you shoot RAW, and it comes time to process your image, you will have the ability to bring back details you would have lost if you shoot in another format (JPG).
White Balance is your camera’s way of sorting out all the color information and removing the unrealistic color from your image.
Different light sources (lamps, bulbs, fluorescent, LED) cast different types of light that your camera tries to make sense of. Just like dynamic range, shooting RAW records more data and leaves you with more options when you’re editing.
Yellow Light Example
Sometimes available light may be interpreted by your camera as an extremely yellow color, when in fact it is more like a white color. If you shoot in RAW, you have more options to correct this later. Turning those yellows into more realistic whites and bringing the photo closer to its actual color tone.
This is the biggest benefit of shooting RAW. When you shoot in RAW you record much more data from the sensor.
Overall, this will leave you with the highest quality file for editing. When it comes to your images, why not go for the highest quality possible?
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