Quick Tip: Shoot in RAW Format

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.

What's your preference? RAW or JPEG?