I've been doing photography for about a year and a half and I shot in RAW for the first time the other day... *GASP* Yes, yes... I know! Despite the many pokings and proddings that I received from other photographers, I waited until I was ready to make this decision. Only YOU can make the decision to switch, if you so choose. I had my own reasons for waiting until now to take that leap. I've shot in JPEG since the day I started photography, took the time to master it, and now I'm at a point where I'm able to take the time to master RAW. The whole JPEG vs. RAW debate has circulated through the photography community a million times over. I'm not here as an expert, but I would just like to say shooting in one format or another does not make you a better photographer; and don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise! I'm also not here to explain to you the difference between the two and all the complex technical mumbo jumbo... Both formats have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you want to learn more, do your own research! Setting 'transitioning from JPEG to RAW' as one of my 2013 New Year's Resolutions and reading THIS article were what finally convinced me to put my big girl panties on and take the next step towards progressing my photography!
Now that I have shot in RAW for the first time, I've come to realize the *PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS* it possesses! (I hope you read that in the Genie's voice from Aladdin) Now join me as I recount my first experience shooting in RAW...
For the purposes of experimentation and comparison, I set my camera's settings to take photos in both JPEG and RAW format. Both photos are SOOC (straight out of the camera) but the photo on the left is JPEG and the photo on the right is RAW. You can clearly see the difference! As you can see, the RAW file is more dull and has less contrast, this is because the file was not compressed in camera like the JPEG. Want to learn some neat tips about shooting in RAW? Check out THIS post; it really helped me!
When editing in RAW, I was truly blown away by what I was able to do...
This photo is after exclusive hand editing in Lightroom 4. A RAW file has more dynamic range, thus, giving you more editing capabilities with contrast, highlights, shadows, and colors. I'll admit, I was in love after the first photo! This is a self-portrait and I also had my son with me, so of course I had to take some snapshots of him!
Isn't he just the sweetest little toddler you've ever seen!? Both smaller photos are SOOC, but the photo on the left is JPEG and the photo on the right is RAW. The large photo is after exclusively hand editing the RAW file in Lightroom 4.
I am so glad I finally am making the transition from JPEG to RAW and I am thoroughly impressed with it so far! Although, the files are HUGE and I fly through memory cards like no one's business, I can already see that shooting and editing in RAW brings out the best in my photos!
*All photos in this blog post were shot on the same day using my Canon EOS Rebel T2i and 50mm 1.8 lens. My settings for all the photos were -- ISO:100, f/stop:1.8, Shutter:1/320s*
*All photos in this blog post are the sole copyright of 'Chelsea Marie Photography' and may not be downloaded, altered or used in any way, shape, or form*