RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide

25 thoughts on RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide

  1. Not sure where people get this idea in their head that RAW is the pinnacle of photography. There are times when professionals need to shoot raw, there are times when professionals need to shoot JPG. If JPG wasn’t needed, it wouldn’t be on your camera.

  2. Ask sports or news photojournalists…. Photographers at the Olympics shoot JPG so they can get the most photos per second. They or their editors do not have time to sort through thousands upon thousands of RAW photos to send to the wire. Yes, it’s nice to shoot RAW so you have flexibility in editing, but learning to shoot the best you can in JPG will make you a much better photographer, not editor.

  3. A RAW file is not the raw data. It is an interpretation of that data that is processed into the image we see. The author is off on that claim. And it isn’t with a JPEG image that the other two colors are guessed at. That information is processed from the beginning and is apparent in the RAW file. And a 20 megapixel camera doesn’t have 20 million pixels. It has roughly half because of the nature of Bayer sensors and the manner in which they process information.

    From a technical standpoint, the author simply is mistaken.

  4. RAW if you have the software to make corrections and then output to jpg. Shoot jpg if you are at a loss with regard to post processing, do not have the software and/or have no interest in post processing.

  5. I feel like if you know your camera and get settings right in camera and have a few lens filers at your disposal you don’t always need the level of post production or the raw format to achieve that finished product. Also people act like you can’t edit a jpeg, as if it’s immune to Photoshop. Go to the poor dough example they used if the jpeg is like getting a made cake Photoshop is adding the frosting and decorating.

  6. The main reason to shoot/use RAW vs JPEG is the greater bit depth 12-14(16 with some medium format digital backs) vs 8 Bits. “Now, the concept of “nondestructive RAW processing” should make more sense. When we load a RAW file into Lightroom and start moving the Color Balance slider, for example, we do not change the file. Instead, we only change our interpretation of the data.” Since we cannot preview RAW data directly, Lightroom generates a preview for us — a JPEG version of our interpretation — leaving the RAW file untouched.

  7. If you want a photo immediately shoot in JPEG, if you want to be creative and edit your photo later in photoshoot or Lightroom then Shoot in Raw ! Omg how many times are people going to write these annoying articles ?

  8. Unprocessed photos in this article look much better than the processed ones. I have never seen sky in teal color in real life and added vignetting in original article looks horrible.

  9. It depends. I shoot both raw and jpeg, and I know top professionals that shoot only jpeg.
    I choose raw for a scene that i intend to process, with lots of contrasts…
    Jpeg, when i have good lightning, not much contrast in my subject, save space and no intention to edit

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