Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding when to shoot raw or JPEG or both, part of Learn Photography: Shooting in Raw Mode.
- I pretty much shoot with my camera in raw mode…all the time and I do so for three and a half reasons.…First, there's white balance control.…Auto white balance on a modern camera is very good,…but it can go a little wrong…when you get into shady areas…or when the sky turns overcast.…Auto white balance is definitely a problem…when shooting in low light…or when shooting around multiple light sources.…But even when auto white balance works…or when I'm being very careful…about manually white balancing,…I still like having the option to reliably change…white balance in post production.…
Sometimes correct white balance isn't the best…aesthetic choice for an image.…With raw white balance control,…I can easily make an image warmer or cooler.…Second reason to shoot raw, highlight recovery.…As I said before, the ability to recover highlights…is not a substitute for trying to get good exposure settings…while shooting, but it sure is comforting to know…that the safety net of highlight recovery…is there when I want it.…Highlight recovery is especially important…
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