As we mentioned in a previous article, RAW is a file format such as jpeg.
In RAW format, the camera records all the data from its sensor in the photos, but unlike jpeg, it does not compress the image data. Consequently, the RAW image format can retain most of the information recorded at the time of shooting. Thus, photographers can take high-quality images and correct the images with the information in the photo editing programs. Of course your file will be much larger in size, so either you need to have enough space on your memory card or else take pictures selectively.
Pictures in JPEG format are compressed so that they take up less storage space. The disadvantage is that the image quality is lowered due to the compression it has received, as a result of which there is a slight alteration of colors and tonality in the photo.
When you shoot in RAW, not only will you get higher quality images, but you will also have much more control over post processing.
How do I open a RAW file?
To open a RAW file, you need image editing software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. The most suitable software for opening a RAW file depends on the type of camera and the operating system of your computer. After opening a RAW file, you can then convert it and export it to the desired image format.
When should I not take photos in RAW format?
This depends on your personal preference in this matter. We're not going to tell you that there are times when you shouldn't take photos in RAW format, nor that you should always take photos in RAW – that's up to you and what you feel is best for your situation.
RAW files are a huge part of digital photography. If you want to take photography seriously, you must know the RAW files.
They are great for editing photos as you can fix errors and enhance your images after editing. However, using RAW files can be complicated and time-consuming. So it is not the "must" of photography.