Updated: Oct 31, 2020
There has always been a debate among photographers whether one should chose RAW or jpeg format. For serious professional photographers, RAW has been the first choice. However, you can get away with JPEG in few circumstances. Let us start with what is raw file format and how it is different from JPEG. Imagine JPEG as an Polaroid camera where you get the processed printed image right after shooting. Raw format on the other hand is like a digital negative. The instant camera gives you the final process image instantly. while the negative image has to be processed after the shoot to get the final result. Jpeg is the standard file format of pictures you take. It is the default settings that your camera uses to process the photos. When your camera is set to jpeg mode, the settings such as the white balance, colour saturation, sharpening etc is done for you. Your camera does it like a bot. This factor will save a lot of time and energy while post processing it later in software like Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW.The jpeg file size are smaller. Since they are compressed before being stored, it will take lesser space in your card. its easy for outdoor and casual shooting when you have no extra storage or have to hand over the images instantly to your client. Jpeg also comes with demerits. Pictures lose their details while they are automatically processed. It might grainy or lose quality.there's less colour options. Since Jpeg images are 8bit there are limited colour options when compared to a raw image. Raw images are unfiltered. No auto-processing means no loss of quality. Your picture exists in the truest form. Being said that, your raw pictures have dynamic potential to be moulded in your style. You are the master, you manipulate colours, brightness, contrast, saturation etc. to create your ultimate masterpiece. Even in some cases where your photos are too dark or you have lost details in highlights, you can get them back if you shoot in RAW Raw images are 12bit, it has 68.7 billion colours. You will have a larger colour palette to brush your pictures. On the flip-side, raw images require processing, which is both time taking and needs a bit of technical knowledge. So, you better have those hands polished on editing.
Raw files are not compresses like Jpeg. This makes the images large in size and would take a lot of space on your card. You might also keep in mind the format. Raw files do not sometimes support other manufacturers. For example, a raw image produced on a Nikon might not function on a Canon software. You might have to convert Raw images to jpeg of TIFF before sending it to your friends or clients cause the might not have proper software to access it. Still in a dilemma? Jpegs are easier to work with as a beginner. One is already trying to figure out the functions of the camera, working with a Raw image may clearly be messy and overwhelming. Raw images can be a little more work but its way to absolute masterpiece making. Often an option to professionals and skilled photographers. someone with better knowledge of their camera, lighting and software all put together. Our recommendation? Always shoot in RAW unless you are running low on storage or your clients want your photos immediately after the shoot. In our upcoming videos we will be showing how to edit a RAW file in light room and Adobe Camera RAW If you have any question, please feel free to write them in the comments. To get all our future videos, please subscribe to Our channel and enable notification.