Shooting in RAW – Conclusion

Helloooo, everyone. Thanks for your awesome feedback on my last post – I’m thrilled that my words were able to help some of you in at least some way. It’s always amazing to know you’re not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

I mentioned on Monday that I went out and shot in RAW file type for the first time. I’m pretty devoted to JPG, so it was interesting seeing the difference between the two. I’d like to give a quick run-through of what I like and dislike.

RAW vs JPG

– I love the purity of the light. On that same note, I dislike how the intense capture of the light takes away from some photos. I’m pretty sure I need to learn more about white balance.

– The lack of sharpness in RAW photos bother me. As a few of you know, I have a strict standard for my photos in regards to their clarity and focus. I’m pretty sure I could count on one hand the photos I’ve posted that were out of focus… I’m obsessed.

– The noise in RAW photos bothers me a little bit. However, Lightroom has a great noise reduction feature. Still, I prefer minimal editing, and although RAW photos allow for greater editing freedom, I really would rather spend more time behind the camera, not the computer.

Conclusion: I’m probably going to go back to JPG. Yes, I am an old stick-in-the-mud, thank you very much. 

Below are some of the photos from shooting in RAW.

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4 Comment

  1. I know how you feel – RAW is perfect for me right now because I'm just starting to get the hang of manual mode (so I wind up with plenty of over/underexposed photos) and I've been working on my editing skills. But someday when I feel more accomplished in both of those areas, I'll probably go back to JPEG. Love the photos, as always! 🙂

  2. I love your photos either way! I wish I even knew how to turn on my camera, much less be such an artist!

  3. Beautiful photos Amanda! I barely even know what RAW means. I like taking photos but I'm not that knowledgeable when it comes to photography 'language' I guess you could say. Anyways, love your pictures! 🙂

  4. I think these pictures are FABULOUS. But I agree with you on all the reasons you don't like RAW. I just love how you can edit in Adobe Camera Raw. It's so nice!! You can change anything without it being all weird with the coloring.

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