In this course, photographer and educator Ben Long shines a light on what it means to shoot in raw—and what it doesn't. Learn the benefits of shooting in raw, learn when your camera's RAW+JPEG mode makes more sense, and get insights into why some people prefer certain raw conversion software over others.
- Does your camera support raw?
- Understanding how a sensor works
- Correcting and compressing JPEGs in camera
- Customizing JPEG compression
- Understanding raw conversion
- Working with raw files in popular photo-editing software
- Shooting raw, JPEG, or both
- Reprocessing old raw images
- Choosing a camera
Skill Level Advanced
- As a photographer, you have a lot of technical decisions to make, even before you start shooting SLR, or mirrorless, full-frame versus cropped frame, prime lenses, or zooms. The list goes on and on but, one of the most critical decisions you'll make, before you press the shutter button is, JPEG, or RAW? Because of that, we've built this course to give us the chance to look at what changes inside your camera when you choose RAW, over JPEG. We're going to perform a deep exploration of how your camera's image sensor works, as well as, examine all of the steps that your camera's computer has to take, to produce a finished image.
Whether you shoot JPEG, or RAW, all of the same image processing steps are required to produce a finished image, so, even if you ultimately decide to shoot JPEG, this course can still teach you a lot of relevant details about how your camera works. Understanding the difference in the formats will give you a better understanding of how you should approach post-production differently, with JPEG and RAW. Ultimately, you'll probably find that, both JPEG and RAW have their uses. While I shoot RAW the majority of the time, I still depend on JPEGs in a few different situations.
When I do shoot JPEG, though, I take extra care with certain factors because, of what I know about how JPEG and RAW work. So, while this is predominately a course about RAW, what you should come away with, by the end of it, is a better understanding of how and when both of these formats to the greatest advantage.