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Making the Switch to RAW

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Making the Switch to RAW

If you’re like a lot of beginners, you probably don’t think a whole lot about file formats. After all, we live in a world of JPEG. Most of the images that we see online are JPEGs. Most of the images that family and friends forward to us in emails are JPEGs. And for the most part, our cameras shoot JPEG by default. In fact it’s possible you don’t even really understand what a JPEG is, and that’s okay, because most people don’t really have cause to even think about it. You take some photos, you upload them to your favorite photo processing service, you order prints and they arrive in your mailbox. Why mess with a system that isn’t broken? Would it surprise you to hear that the system kind of is broken, if you think about it? Read on to find out why.
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What is lossless JPEG?

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What is lossless JPEG?

You’ve probably heard a lot about JPG vs. Raw. These are two file formats that most modern DSLRs offer, but you may have also heard about another one – “lossless JPEG”.
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The raw vs JPEG showdown : Which file format is better?

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The raw vs JPEG showdown : Which file format is better?

Since the dawn of digital photography, photographers have been fighting it out, trying to ascertain which photo file format is best. Some will swear by RAW files with their seemingly limitless options, while others claim JPEGs are smaller, quicker, and better. I’m here to help break down the differences, similarities, pitfalls, and perks of both RAW and JPEG to maybe even settle this age-old (or decade old) battle.
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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

Does your camera have a RAW file format selection in its Image Quality option? Chances are it has one, but most of the time this gets ignored in favor of the JPEGs. After all, we are more familiar with the JPEG options, right? So in this article we are going to dive in and learn about this image file format and see how it can benefit us in our photography.
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The Benefits of a Raw File Format

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The Benefits of a Raw File Format

Intermediate Raw vs. jpeg is a debate that continues to exist in the digital photography world. But there are some distinct advantages to the raw format. If you have considered adjusting your camera’s image quality setting to raw, it is worth a try to see what all of the fuss is about. You will need to be prepared to spend more time post processing (at least initially), but therein lies the beauty of a raw file. There is so much you can do!

Raw files, or digital negatives, contain the complete data from your camera’s sensor. Just like raw food is uncooked, raw images are unprocessed. They are not compressed or modified in any way. It is truly untouched and “as is”. None of the typical adjustments your camera may make to an image in terms of sharpness, noise reduction, etc. have occurred. The file must be processed and exported as an image file for use. Raw opens up a whole new world of editing possibilities. Many of the common problems with images, like poor exposure or improper white balance, can be “fixed” in post processing of a raw image.
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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

Yes, RAW. I know you’ve heard of it, even if you’re not using it. It’s that sort-of intimidating format you hear so many other photographers swear by. If you’re filtering out most of the white noise you hear about shooting in RAW, what you’re probably getting is this: RAW is better. But why? And is it for you?
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3 Reasons You Aren’t Shooting In RAW Yet

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3 Reasons You Aren’t Shooting In RAW Yet

I have said in previous posts that RAW photography isn’t for everyone. It definitely takes a little more effort to get into RAW, but once you do, you’ll find you have a lot more control over your images. A lot of people ask me if it’s worth getting into RAW photography, and I always say it definitely is. Are these three things holding you back from trying it out?
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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

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Ask David: Can I Put RAW Files and JPEG Files on the Same Memory Card?

A lot of us like to shoot in two different modes. If I’m shooting fast pace sports like tennis or racing, I like to use JPEG mode because it allows me to take a longer burst of photos before my camera has to start sending the images to my memory card. When I want a little more control over the final result, I shoot in RAW instead. I recently received a question from one of my readers. If it okay to keep RAW files and JPEG files on the same memory card? The short answer is YES. Now here’s why.
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