Raw Tuesday: the best way to save a raw file

The best way to save a raw file: answers to common questions about what raw file format is best and what non-destructive editing actually means.

The best way to save a raw file: shadow detail

If I save my raw file as a JPEG, isn’t it the same as just shooting JPEG in the first place?

If you are simply opening the raw files in Adobe Camera Raw, applying the default adjustments and saving as a JPEG, then yes they are going to be very similar to JPEG files straight from the camera.

But this is missing the point of a raw file, which is to fine-tune the settings for each image.

In difficult lighting conditions, the JPEG from a converted raw file can have less noise, better highlight and shadow detail and a more accurate white balance than a JPEG image straight from the camera.

PAGE 1: The best file format for saving a raw file
PAGE 2: Isn’t a JPEG just a JPEG?
PAGE 3: What is the .xmp file format?
PAGE 4: What is non-destructive editing?

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