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Raw Vs JPG

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Good golly there’s a lot of stuff on the web talking about shooting Raw vs JPG. You have people that shoot either one exclusively, shoot both all the time, mix-and-match and people who just don’t care or don’t know. Finally you have people that understand what they want from the camera and shoot with the correct settings.

After a while of shooting RAW and JPG here is what I have learned.


  • You get more luminance information thus you have a better chance of fixing / saving a photo.
  • More work in post, the camera is giving only the raw information it sees. This means the colors are not as vibrant, the white balance may be off. All this can be fixed in post production.
  • More information in the files means you can do more with your photos. More possibilities to be creative, more possibilities to get the photo just right, more possibilities to save that photo.


  • The camera is applying post production to the photos, thus they may or may not have the look you want coming directly out of the camera.
  • Because camera is applying post productions to all the photos you don’t need to do that afterwords.
  • You must get your exposure right, because there is not enough information to fix that bad exposure.
  • JPG photos take up less space on the card so you can get more photos per card.

Q: Why not shoot both?

A: Shooting both is slower on the camera side, if you don’t need the speed its not a problem. Shooting both uses more space on the card and in the computer. Shooting both doubles the number of photos you must manage. Don’t we already have enough with single copies?

Q: What do I shoot?

A: I shoot RAW. I only shoot JPG when I am an second shooter for someone else and they dictate that I use JPG. Remember, they hired me to help and they have their reasons to shoot JPG. Right before an event is not the time to convince otherwise.

Q: What should you shoot?

A: Do you want your food cooked for ya or do you want to be the chef?

It is like anything in photography you need to know what you want before you press that shutter release.

Bill Debevc