Digital Photography 101: Shooting Raw vs. JPG

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Digital Photography 101: Shooting Raw vs. JPG

There is an ongoing debate among shutterbugs ever since digital photography became mainstream. It revolves around the question of which format is better: JPG or RAW? This is a subject that demands further exploration, especially for beginners, as your file format will inevitably impact the way you work as a photographer.

By now, we are all probably familiar with JPG. However, only a few outside know about Raw. Basically, Raw serves as the unmodified compilation of your image’s data gathered by your sensors. In layman’s terms, it can be described as your negative. Instead of being on a film, however, it is digital. Now, let us go back to the JPG format. In a nutshell, a JPG file canbest be described as a shell representation of the image you captured. Not everything your sensors covered is there.It is also worth mentioning that you will inevitably lose more data as you make edits to a JPG file.

The advantages RAW, therefore, becomes all the more apparent. It essentially gives you more room to tweak around with your image before settling in with the final product.

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