How to shoot photos in RAW Mode

This is especially dedicated to beginners, who have the problem of whether to shoot in RAW or JPEG. This is a common problem experienced by beginners in photography, most don’t even know what it means to shoot in RAW or JPEG.

You must have heard from most professionals that they prefer to shoot in RAW, well I absolutely prefer to shoot in RAW because am actually an editing frick, I like to edit all my photos and shooting in RAW allows for that.

What Does it Mean to Shoot in RAW?

Images gotten from your camera sensor when shooting in RAW are not usually processed and compressed. By this I mean you are able to add to the already existing image data from the sensor. Thus when your camera is in RAW mode, images processed from the sensor can be edited, and further adjusted before being converted or compressed into JPEG.

Hence in RAW, images taken by the sensor are captured in a file but are not really processed. Most photos taken in RAW are not usually ready, often requiring you to further process them through the Lightroom or photoshop.
Therefore RAW images are larger than JPEG images, due to the fact that they are not compressed, usually, they are twice larger than JPEG images.



How to Shoot in RAW:

This is generally easy. All you need is any camera usually digital camera that can shoot in RAW, even a point, and shoot camera would make do. Once you have gotten a digital camera that can shoot in RAW, locate the menu button and select the image quality option, you would some RAW options, select one of the RAW+JPEG options you see.

When you have selected the RAW option you can go ahead and start taking many shots. You can also select the RAW+JPEG option, thus saving some space on your SD card.

Now that you’ve known how to shoot in RAW, to enable you to appreciate RAW, you would need to know the benefit you enjoy when shooting in RAW and why you should shoot in RAW.

Note that shooting in JPEG is not bad, never!!!!!! There are also benefits in shooting in JPEG, and there are some conditions where shooting in JPEG is good such as when you don’t really need to do much editing to your photo like photos you need to upload to your website and when your hard disk is almost full or has no much space.

Also, you can use JPEG in sports photography as you are required to take many shots successively. Remember shooting in RAW consumes some time because you would need to further process them.


Generally, the benefits of Shooting in RAW are:

• As a beginner, shooting in RAW is even important especially when you don’t have a full understanding of the settings on your camera, or you have not mastered the skill of white balancing and exposure.

• When you shoot in RAW you have enough control over your photo. You can further edit your photo, try to add more light if there are some shadows and overexposure or underexpose as seem necessary.

• You might have noticed that most times the color of light you see with your camera is quite different with the one you have taken with your camera. When you shoot in JPEG, it becomes almost impossible to edit the photo to your desired taste, but with RAW, you can edit the photo to get your desired result.

• Shooting in RAW allows you to get quality photos especially when you don’t like the original photo you have taken as you are able to extract all the data from the sensor.

• Shooting in RAW allows you to get detailed photos, you can reduce the noise and sharpness using your software.

• Also with the help of improved edition and upgrades on editing software like the lightroom, you could further re-edit your photos getting them up to standard.

• Shooting in RAW offers you the opportunity to please your clients, giving them quality photos as you have already taken care of necessary problems that might displease them like the over-blown highlights and shadows.

The negative part of shooting in RAW over JPEG are quite a few and not really bad. Due to some modifications in most cameras and editing software, there are few negative aspects of shooting in RAW.

• Generally, shooting in RAW consumes more space on your SD card. They are mostly twice larger than JPEG photos because they have more details in the photos and are uncompressed. Most of the time, this tend to slow the camera operation.

• RAW photos are time-consuming more than JPEG as they require further processing and editing. Hence they tend to reduce workflow. You just can’t take a photo and keep it without having to edit it.

• There is no particular RAW format for every camera. Every camera has its own format. Also shooting in RAW requires you have to always upgrade to the latest software available.

Here is a video review:

As a beginner, you don’t have to worry about your choice of mode. You can shoot in RAW mode, especially for your official and studio shoots. Also when you are in low- lighted areas or places with no adequate light. You have seen the benefits. For your thoughts and doubts, feel free to drop your comments below.


Author: Arinze

A Photography enthusiastic. I work with a group of other professional photographers to provide you tips on photography

About Arinze

A Photography enthusiastic. I work with a group of other professional photographers to provide you tips on photography

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