RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide – Common sense essay

Common sense essay – Good read – makes a point for both formats

I did not plan on writing a dedicated article on RAW vs JPEG. Why? I thought this ship had sailed long ago and the time of heated debates over which format

Source: RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide

2 thoughts on “RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide – Common sense essay

  1. The article is not fair in that samples are apples vs oranges. The JPEG is unprocessed but the RAW file is.

    Other then that it was interesting. W/O Blue Ridge I would not have known about RAW or LR.



    1. I think the article, as far as it goes is fair, because the author is making a point that while raw files can look pretty flat when they come out of the camera and off the card to the computer, the ability to do extended processing to the file without damaging it makes a big difference in getting to the image effect desired.

      The comparison made is the look of the finished raw file vs. the finished Jpeg file, the Jpeg file being processed in camera to achieve a final image look.

      Digital images in the Jpeg format have come a long way especially from companies like Fuji. If an image is shot correctly by the photographer and then the white balance, contrast, colors done in camera may be all one needs for the final goal of the image and even a well shot Jpeg can be touched up. But when it comes to pulling more detail from a digital file, pretty much shooting in raw and working with the data a raw files give you that.

      In the end a decision as to what purpose an image will be used for will determine what process of what file will be used. For me that is why I shoot raw plus jpeg so I have the option.

      So after all of that, the photographer is making a point of what happens when the camera takes over the whole process (Jpeg) vs the photographer takes over the process (raw).


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