In this month’s advice Andy Brown details why you should use RAW and how the resulting advantages can provide you with far greater control over your images
Most digital photographers start using their equipment on the most basic settings, utilising automatic modes which adopt the JPEG format. This will satisfy the beginner and casual snapper, as the image is internally processed and ‘tried and tested’ algorithms are applied by the camera’s processor to the file. The problem here is that, from a technical point of view, the recorded data is very small and can’t then easily be used to produce large or quality prints without introducing pixelation.
JPEG is also a ‘lossy’ format, meaning simply saving an image in this format will create compression, and even subsequently opening and re-saving the same file can in theory result in further degradation of its quality. From an artistic stance, you have to decide how much control you want your cam-era to have on the final scene. With JPEG, you are effectively enabling your camera to do the hard work and allowing it to exercise …
Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 62 of Landscape Photography Magazine.