This week's quick-tip is going to be a little different. Jim Kammin, a proud new owner of a Nikon D40, sent me a message asking about RAW format and why should/would a photographer use this option. It's a huge topic, and it's been covered very well, so I thought I'd lay out a few key points and link out to some great RAW articles.
RAW formats have many benefits over JPEG. Here are a few of them:
- No loss of data from compression
- Wider dynamic range
- More colors available
- Better processing options
Keep in mind, though, not all photographers really have a need to use RAW format. JPEGs have their strong point too:
- Smaller file size
- Standard format
- Don't NEED to be processed
So if you're undecided on which format is right for you, take a look at the following articles. These should give you a pretty good idea of the pros and cons of RAW versus JPEG formats.
- RAW vs JPEG: Is Shooting RAW Format For Me?
Shoot in RAW or JPEG format? In this article learn more about why one format may be better suited to your photographic style than the other.
- HowTo: Start Shooting RAW
Learn how to process RAW image files from start to finish. What software is available, what you can do, and what you end up with is all covered.
- RAW vs JPEG: three reasons to shoot JPEG
RAW vs JPEG: Why I shoot RAW
Your camera can’t shoot in JPEG
A 3 part mini-series covering both sides of the format wars and an explanation of how your camera records information.
- Benefits Of Working With 16-Bit Images In Photoshop
There is a MAJOR difference between 8-bit images versus 16-bit images when it comes to photo editing. Find out why it's important to utilize those RAW files.
- Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop expert Mark Galer has sent us a sample chapter from his new book, Photoshop CS3 Essential Skills. The tutorial deals with exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3.
- Adjusting your RAW files in Black & White
Here's an interesting photo processing technique: convert to b/w, adjust tones, remove b/w filter. It really makes sense because it allows you to focus on the tones and contrast.
- 100 Photo Presets for ACR
A collection of presets for use with Adobe Camera RAW to help you speed up your photo editing when dealing with RAW files.
What's your preference? RAW or JPEG?