Raw Vs. Jpeg?

Raw VS. Jpeg?

There is an ongoing debate with armature and even a few pro photographers over the raw vs. jpegs question.

Let me put the record straight here and now. Raw is BY FAR hands down the better option.

Some will say “yes but… what if you don’t need so much image data”?

Or “yes but… the raw files are so big I can’t get as many images on my memory card”.

Or, (and this is my favorite) “my computer can’t read the raw formats. So the raw pictures are useless to me”.

I have heard it all and I am sorry to say but the answer is its time to take the leap!

So let’s demystify the above excuses together.

1st. As a photographer you ALWAYS need as much data as possible this is your product we’re talking about. Make it the best it can be.

2nd. Raw files are bigger…. In fact there on average about 15 times bigger. So if your jpeg images are normally 1MB in size the same image shot in raw is going to be about 15MB in size. Now that’s a LOT of extra data! The answer here is: Upgrade! You will need at least a 4 to 8MB memory cards per 1-2 hour shoot that will give you between 250- 500 raw images per card. (Always have back-up cards with you) If you need a faster computer go get one! This is a major company cost that photographers often over look. We get want the best gear but forget or skimp when it comes to office software and equipment.

3rd. The only reason you camera can’t read raw images is you haven’t gone to Nikon or canon’s website and downloaded the free ‘raw codec’ software. Nikon: http://nikonimglib.com/nefcodec/index.html.en Its super simple, works right away and it’s free! Be sure to put it on all the computers you have so you don’t run into issues later on.

The only thing that is missing now is the question “how do I convert the raw images to jpeg so I can print and sell them to my clients”? Answer: Adobe Lightroom. We will discus how to simplify and streamline Lightroom in upcoming post and tutorials.

For now it’s time to go out and shoot some raw pics!

~Scarlett

Technical mumbo jumbo…

The above image was shoot at: F/6,3 at 1/50th of a second and ISO-200. WB 2750K.

It was shot in raw format in a totally black shoot room at our studio here in Germany using four 300W cinema hot lights with barn doors that are attached to the ceiling.

The client posing in the images is 29 years old and I bought the rose pedals on amazon they come in packs of 1000 and in a few different colors.

The image was edited using a few basic Adobe Lightroom settings such as noise reduction and lenses correction. It was not Photoshoped. (All of our work is shot with pro Nikon cameras)

Comments
5 Responses to “Raw Vs. Jpeg?”
  1. Michele Bell says:

    What kind of lighting did you use to shoot this beautiful photo?

  2. The above image was shoot at:

    F/6,3 at 1/50th of a second and ISO-200. WB 2750K.

    It was shot in raw format in a totally black shoot room at our studio here in Germany using four 300W cinema hot lights with barn doors that are attached to the ceiling.

    The client posing in the images is 29 years old and I bought the rose pedals on amazon they come in packs of 1000 and in a few different colors.

    The image was edited using a few basic Adobe Lightroom settings such as noise reduction and lenses correction. It was not Photoshoped. (All of our work is shot with pro Nikon cameras)

    I hope that helps! 🙂
    Scalett

    PS. Maybe I should add the above info to the post too. 🙂

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