I am a huge advocate of shooting RAW!
It’s been a little over two years since I switched. I admit I was really nervous when I first made the leap, but I have NEVER looked back.
First, I suppose I should tell you what a RAW file really is. A RAW file is just that – a file containing minimally processed data from your image sensor. It is sort of like a digital negative.
The beauty of a RAW file is that, since it has yet to be fully processed it contains so much more information that a JPEG or TIFF file. So if you are like me and sometimes forget to change your settings you MIGHT be able to save the image!
Let me show you an example.
My last post showed this picture:
Well, here is the straight out of camera shot:
Horrible! My poor son’s face is ruined by overexposure caused by the bright window behind him!
I had been shooting in different light earlier that day and just grabbed my camera off the bar and started shooting before the moment passed.
Sure I should have looked at my settings and then this whole thing would have been a moot point. But I didn’t and sometimes I don’t; for moments like these I am so glad that I have RAW to fall back on.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t try to get the picture right straight out of camera. For one thing it would have been a better picture if I would have done it right the first time. For another editing takes precious time that I don’t have a lot of but like I said before RAW is my favorite and really only format to shoot in!