Tuesday, October 26, 2010
RAW vs. JPEG
Here is an embarrassing fact, I have never, until this day, shot in RAW. OK, fellow photographers, go ahead and laugh or gasp in horror but the truth is that until this day I really didn't grasp the huge difference in quality between the two and shooting in RAW just sounds so complicated. Like the egg roll wrappers, it scared me. I need to really get over these unreasonable fears.
Now, the above comparison shows two images, 1 edited in camera raw 6.0, the other edited in photoshop CS5. I edited the RAW file first and then tried my best to mimic the finished product with the JPEG copy of the image. As you can see there is a huge difference!! The RAW file is more detailed, and for lack of a better term, you can differentiate between the colors better. Look at the tag for example, in the jpeg the tag is dark blue but in the RAW file you can spot a few different blues.
In addition to overall appearance RAW is super easy to edit, it takes 30 seconds max per image and you're done. Not to mention you've got a heck of a lot more freedom with editing. It's pretty much amazing. Also, depending on your camera you may be able to take both a raw and jpeg file simultaneously, meaning for every raw photo you take you have a jpeg copy of it.
So for all of you photographers out there who are afraid of RAW, don't be. Go ahead and give it a try, but maybe bring an extra memory card with you on your first RAW photo shoot because the files are large, especially if you're taking jpeg copies, that card will fill up fast!