Should I take photos in RAW or JPEG?
RAW or JPEG format? In this photo tutorial we will learn the differences between these two formats and compare their advantages and disadvantages. It will then be up to you to choose whether to take you photos in RAW or JPEG format.
The raw format
The RAW file, as the name suggests, is the native format containing all the raw information from the camera sensor.
This digital file contains all the camera settings (white balance, contrast, saturation, etc.) and we can modify it indefinitely and without loss of information during photo editing via software such as Lightroom or Photoshop.
The extension of a RAW file varies depending on the manufacturer: .NEF at Nikon, .CR2 at Canon, .ARW at Sony, .PEF at Pentax, .RW2 at Panasonic, .ORF at Olympus, .RAF at Fuji, or .X3F at Sigma.
The advantages this format:
The disadvantages of the RAW format:
The JPEG format
A JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) file offers the best ratio between size and quality. Furthermore, the JPEG is compressed to reduce its size, and this results in a loss of information and quality.
The advantages of the JPEG format:
The disadvantages of the JPEG format:
Should we take photos in RAW or JPEG?
Choose the JPEG if:
1. You don’t have much storage space
2. You don’t have time to retouch the photos
3. You don’t like to complicate your life
4. You need to make a lot of bursts
5. You want to share your photos immediately.
Choose RAW if:
1. You like to retouch the photos
2. You are patient
3. You want to have photos of the best possible quality
4. You want more possibilities to make up the exposure.
Choose the RAW + JPEG if:
… you are a perfectionist.
You now know whether to take photos in RAW or JPEG format.
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