7 reasons you should ditch raw format files and shoot JPEGs

7 reasons you should ditch raw format files and shoot JPEGs

And so this is Christmas. And while most of you are busy with your families and egg nog (does anyone actually drink that?) and of course your fancy new cameras and generally not paying attention to what a photography blog is posting, we thought we would make a special Raw Tuesday post that goes against all convention, defies every rule every photographer has ever thrown at you and calls into question the very core and essence of this popular series.

Today we’re going to hide in plain sight and tell you what others won’t: 7 reasons why you should ditch raw format and start shooting JPEGs.

Should you delete more photos?

Should you delete more photos?

Are your earliest pictures and duplicate shots holding you back? Our friends at Photoventure asked whether we should all delete photos more often and simplify our photo editing process.

Sharpening and Noise Reduction: take precise control of your raw files

Sharpening and Noise Reduction: take precise control of your raw files

In the latest post of our Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images find out exactly what each slider in the in the Adobe Camera Raw Detail Panel does – and when to use them.

3 selective adjustment tools your raw files can’t live without

3 selective adjustment tools your raw files can't live without

In the latest post of our Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images we show you how to make selective adjustments to your raw format files with three key selective adjustment tools in Adobe Camera Raw.

Free night photography cheat sheet: how to shoot popular low-light scenes

Free night photography cheat sheet: shoot any low-light scene

In our latest photography cheat sheet, we’ve seized upon these themes and created a handy flowchart that explains step-by-step how to achieve four of the more popular night photography subjects.

Our night photography cheat sheet shows you how to shoot city scenes, moonlit landscapes, low-light portraits and the ever-popular painting with light.

Retouching photos in raw: give your portraits a pro-quality makeover

Retouching photos in raw: give your portraits a pro-quality makeover

In the latest post of our Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images we show you how retouching photos in Adobe Camera Raw can give you professional photographer quality portraits.

Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

This luminosity mask technique enables you to create the perfect raw HDR image by blending two exposures according to lightness, not just area. This is a variation on the traditional HDR photography technique, but because we want to darken highlights and lighten shadows throughout the image rather than in selected areas, we’ll blend the images in a different way.

5 creative photo editing tricks for Adobe Camera Raw

5 creative photo editing tricks for Adobe Camera Raw

In the latest post of our ongoing Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images we show you five simple ways to add a variety of creative Photoshop effects and cool photo editing tricks using only the tools in Adobe Camera Raw.

Composite images: why Elements won’t let you be defeated by contrast

Raw composite images: don't be defeated by contrast just because you have Elements

Remember that the version of Adobe Camera Raw in Elements is stripped-down compared to Photoshop proper, and that you won’t be able to target specific areas of your image to make localised adjustments.

So a solution is to produce two or more versions of your raw file, then open them in Photoshop or Elements, combine them as layers in a single image and use layer masks to hide or reveal adjustments in specific areas. Here’s how it’s done…

Photoshop Smart Objects: intelligent blending using one raw file

Photoshop Smart Objects: intelligent blending using one raw file

Quicken your Photoshop blending and post-processing time using the Photoshop Smart Objects. Here we show you how to do it with one raw file.