Welcome to installment #2, wherein I share some of my favorite tips & tricks to photography.
Today, it’s time to get RAW!
That would be the RAW format you shoot photos in, not uncooked or fleshy or otherwise gross (unless it’s sushi, in which case: yes, please!).
To begin, a few reasons why you should shoot in RAW format:
- Image quality is higher
- Editing is easier
- Photos appear brighter
Now you may complain that your memory card cannot handle the huuuuuge file sizes that RAW produces. Please, stop reading right now and click this link.
I mean, look how cheap that is. If you are shooting photographs worth saving and you’ve already invested into the awesome camera and lens(es), why not invest 50 bucks and get a memory card that will allow you to produce quality images? Do it. Trust me on this.
Okay, now let me touch on some of those bullet points above:
You get more detail and flexibility in your image when you shoot in RAW format because you record all of the data from the sensor. Which technically, is how you shoot photos in the first place; but by setting your camera to the JPEG format, you are compressing and reprocessing your image even before you get it off the memory card. Translation: degradation of quality AND you lose the ability to edit your photo, which brings me to…
Ease in Editing
My philosophy in shooting photos is do your best to “nail it in-camera” so that you don’t have to spend hours editing photos on your computer. But, if you do have to perform a little post-processing, working with a RAW image gives you the ability to cleanly adjust the exposure & white balance of your photo (among other adjustments), not to mention the fact that you can go back 100 times and edit, re-edit, re-edit, save, save, and you STILL maintain the original uncompressed quality of your original photo.
Because of the finer gradation of tones and colors you’ll get better prints from RAW files. Those photos you took of the kids to have prints made so you can send them to grandma? They’ll be amazing, bright, full of color and in the best quality possible.
Ready to give it a whirl? Go ahead and change that setting on your camera and give it a try. Leave me a comment below (or on Facebook) if you made the switch and what your results were.
Bonus points if you actually send me a before / after photo! <wink>