Why You Should be Shooting Photos in RAW Format

By Michael Hession on at

Any experienced photographer will be able to tell you, the indispensable utility in shooting RAW as opposed to JPG. If you just got a new camera or haven't heard a good explanation for why RAW is so great, just look at this one GIF, made with images by Glyn Davis.

A RAW photo contains substantially more information that a compressed JPG. The added depth allows you to make changes in software like Photoshop, Lightroom, or other processing apps that can completely transform your images from boring throw-away to spectacular favorite. Even after years of editing RAW photos, sometimes I'm still blown-away at the possibilities.

Of course, it takes a bit of know-how to extract the detail and colour out of a RAW file, but it's really not that hard. For a great walkthrough of how the image in the GIF was processed, watch this video by photographer Glyn Davis.

JPGs are great for speed, quick sharing, and small file-size. But if you really want to take advantage of digital photography, put that camera in RAW mode and see what you can do. [FStoppers]