Shooting raw files has become one of the most important photography tips we offer our readers on a daily basis. Yet while most photographers agree it’s important to shoot raw files, the nuance of fine-tuning and editing raw files is often at the top of said photographers’ list of most common photography problems.
In our first installment we ask the question, ‘What are raw files?’ as well as address four other key things you need to know before shooting.
Many Digital Camera readers will have tried to shoot raw files because there’s no doubt that you can end up with richer, more detailed images as a result. Left to its own devices, your camera will shoot in JPEG format, which, while certainly convenient, means that you automatically lose some of the original image’s detail.
With raw, you don’t lose anything.
Sadly, many readers will also have discovered that raw can be a pain in the rear. Images saved in raw can be huge, and they don’t always open in your photo-editing software. Frustratingly, camera makers can’t agree on a unified format for raw shots, which causes a lot of needless hassle.
The good news is that once you’ve got your head around shooting and editing raw shots, it’s a relatively painless process that can really take your photography to the next level. In this first tutorial, we’ll start from the beginning, explaining the whys and wherefores of raw files.