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Ten Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting Raw Format

teacher avatar DENIS L., Photographer

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    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Raw Versus Jpeg

    • 3. In Conclusion

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What is raw? Raw is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the camera sensor when you photograph an image. When shooting in jpeg format the information is compressed and lost. Because no information is compressed with raw, you are able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem images that would ordinarily be unrecoverable if shot in the jpeg format. In this tutorial I will give you ten reasons why I think you should shoot raw format.

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Websites: https://denis-lemay.pixels.com

Denis G Lemay was brought up in a little coastal town of Biddeford Maine, served in Vietnam in 1968 in the army corps of engineer, then in 1971 went to school in NY to persue the field of professional photography, and relocated to a little Dutch town of Kutztown Pennsylvania where he owned and operated Rembrandt Studios in two different locations. In 1998 Denis relocated to Wilmington North Carolina where he now owns and operates Ocean View Photography located near Wrightsville Beach NC. 

Websites: https://denis-lemay.pixels.com

Past affiliations are PPA, WPPI, IPPG, OPHF, and CFCC. Exhibited at KU, WPPI, OPHF,NYIP. 

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Dennis will make from time to time. People ask me, why should I? Sure. Wrong have been shooting, shaping all this time. And besides, raw takes up so much room on your computers. Yes, you're right. Wrong dice. Take up a lot of room on your computer. But, um, you know, you can purchase external hard drives today with high capacity storage, and you can put a lot of images on there, So there's really no reason. Um, it's really worth purchasing for the quality that you get out of raw images. If you really care about your images, you may want to consider sharing wrong. Most cameras today shoot raw and J and, um, your C include a software for processing wrong. So in next segment, I'm gonna give you 10 reasons why you should be sharing wrong. Hopefully you'll change your mind about sharing wrong. So stick around with excitement. Doctor, You right 2. Raw Versus Jpeg : Welcome back, everyone. Let's see if we can give you a better understanding between Ron and JP. First of all, what is wrong? Raw file format or wrong is a file former that captures all image data recorded by the sense of when you shoot a photo when shooting in J. Peg. That information is compressed and lost, and, um, because no information is compressed were raw. You're able to produce higher quality images as well as correct problem images that would be on recoverable is shot in a J packed format. Let's look a 10 reasons to shoot raw. Okay, get the highest level of quality. This is one of the biggest benefits when you shouldn't raw you record all the data from the sensor, and this gives you the highest quality files. And, of course, ah, for your awesome images. That's what you want in Jay Peak format. The camera does all the processing in raw format. You do the processing and make decisions on how the images look and produce better results . Look at it this way. All cameras technically shoot wrong and then processed the images to Jay Peak. If you're sure Jake back format next record greater levels of brightness. Here we're talking about everything between black and white, all the graves of shades. J Peg records, 256 brightness levels where raw records 4000 TEUs, over 16,000 levels of brightness, and this is called bits. JP captures 18 bit and raw captures. Depending on the camera you're using 12 14 and 16. And with all this information, this let you make more adjustments without a significant reduction in quality, easily correct over and under exposures. Obviously, you want to get the best exposure in your camera, but sometimes things move fast and you wind out with dramatically over or under exposed images. There were times you might be sharing an image that has drastic differences between highlight Jadel and you want to. You have to expose one of the other and we're in between and bring back some of that information. You can do that with wrong. It's much easier to correct an image without drastic reduction. Marion Quality easily adjust white balance when you shoot J peg. The white balances automatically applied to the image through the camera, and you can't just easily choose another option. I was wrong the white balance is still recorded. But because you have more data way more data, it's easy to adjust. You get better detail when you shoot raw. You have access to shopping and noise algorithms in programs like light room that are way more powerful and those found in your camera. Plus, the shopping and noise algorithms are always improving. So in the future you'll be able to revisit your raw files and take advantage of these improvements. Enjoy non destructive editing. When you make adjustments to a raw fire, you're not actually doing anything to the original data. What you're doing is creating a set of instructions for how the J peg or tear for any other format version. You You should be safe. Jay Peak files Lose quality every time you open them, make adjustments and then save him again. Get better prints and B Because of the final gradation of tones and colors, you'll get better prints from raw files and you'll get lice banding. Select color space on output uh, color spaces a bit of a complex topic, but is quick to with raw. You can choose from any color space when you're exporting, so you can adjust depending on the situation. For instance, is the image going onto the Web, then output it in the S RGB color space to ensure maximum compatibility. Among with browses are the files heading to the client. Save it in the common adobe RGB. Do you want the widest color space possible? Use pro photo Our GP. Basically, there are different color spaces that worked best for different situations, and when you show raw, you can export a single image in multiple spaces, and that's pretty sweet. Have an efficient workflow. It's easier to work through large batches of images when you're using Workflow Century program like light room or aperture. They're designed to basically process groups of raw images. Photo shop isn't photo shop is the kind of is built to handle one image at a time. So in order to take full advantage of all the benefits of light room and aperture or camera wrong, you should be showing wrong. And lastly, it's the pro option. Young professionals should be providing their clients with the highest quality possible and issues like banding and blown out Highlights are big deals when, when you're offering your clients printed products, and achieving proper color balance and choosing the right color space for the situation are all critical as well. By shooting raw, you take control and they're able to manage these problems to create the best results possible. So there you are. I hope they're sketcher. A little better understanding of the difference between Raw and J. Peg. Hope it helps you out. And, um, I advise you to. You know, most cameras today do shoot wrong, or J Peg, you have that option. And, um, um, I adventure you to go out, try some images, shoot raw, and then show Jay peg of the same image, particularly if there highly contrast with darks brides and then put him in poor shop or, ah, white room. Whatever you use, make your adjustments with both of them and see how far you can go with ease and one. So thank you for listening. Hope you enjoyed it. And on the last segment will talk about the downside and resolution. Okay, See you later. 3. In Conclusion: okay. To wrap things up, let's look at some of the down sides. First of all, raw images need to be processed. This is a common argument against shooting raw. Is that because the files need to be process? It takes more time to shoot raw than Jane bag. If you don't do anything, another's if you don't do any processing to your J pegs, that might be true. However, most photographers do some level of processing to their J picks. Already, the argument is getting flimsy. Raw gives you way more options and can be processed Justus fast it faster, if not faster than shaping Second is takes up more space. Since raw files have more UN compressed information, they can be 23 times large INGE aping flats. This is definitely a concern for many shooters, especially for those shooters who create a lot of images. But over the past few years, the class of hard drives has really dropped, and they're incredibly affordable, and there's so much image space in these hard drives today. Next, raw slows the camera down. Yes, raw files are larger than J packs, so they will fill up the buffer of your camera a little faster, but the camera will still shoot the same frames per second, regardless of whether you're shooting a wrong JP. But you may have to wait for the camera to write to the memory card. If the buffer feels that if shooting fast sequences is critical for you and you want to shoot wrong, you can purchase faster cards for more expensive cameras with larger buffers. Lastly, raw files are in a proprietary format. That's that you is wrong. I should be. Why it's all right about that. The problem here is that you can't be certain that in 5 10 20 years you'll be able to easily open the raw files if you don't have the proper software to decode it. But a new open source wrong format has been developed. In order to overcome this obstacle, it was developed by a job and is known as de n G or digital negative. When you use a program like light room or camera raw, you can convert those files into DMG format, which I dio every time I low my raw files into ah light room. I will convert that row foot raw file into a DMG. And when I exported into my new full folder, it's in there as a D NJ. So then that file be compatible, you know, forever. Okay, to wrap this up, Hopefully this is, uh, this look at the raw and it's benefits has cleared things up. These days. It's super duper easy and fast to process raw files, and you'll be able to get the absolute best quality out of these images that you put so much time and effort into. So I hope you enjoy this. And, um, remember that in our project section, we always like to see examples of people's work. And, um, what I'd like you to do is go ahead and shoot a scene somewhere, particularly a scene with a lot of contrast, and, um, between lights and darks and shoot your first shot in raw and then your second shot in J. P. Or if you have a camera that shows both role in shaping at the same time. You could do that and then, um, load him into your processing software with a slight room. Right Aperture does raw and adjust e image both images and, um, and then upload these images tours, or you can just upload the raw image. I upload the raw image. Ah, before and after it was adjusted so that we can see the difference. This will not only, um, give me an idea how you guys doing, but also it will help other people see the difference, and they're gonna want to do it too. So thank you for listening, and we'll see you next time.