Thursday, March 9, 2017

Why I Shoot Raw!

Do you think this photo is a keeper?  I think it is, but it wouldn't be if I hadn't been shooting in RAW format.   When I was going through my batch of photos on the day this was taken, I automatically put this in the 'trash'.  The reason was that it was extremely over exposed and appeared to be a totally ruined exposure.  I have my camera set to make two images of each shot, one in RAW format and one in JPG. I was messing around with aperture and shutter settings and both the raw and jpg images were totally 'blown out' white, showing very little detail or color.  But for whatever reason, something attracted me to the image and I tried to repair it in Lightroom by  decreasing the exposure, highlights and whites and increasing the sharpness.  Almost nothing could be recovered in the JPG image!  But the above photo shows the result from the RAW version.  I did some minor editing and cropping, but I did not alter the color at all.  Somehow the over exposure created these beautiful pastels, that I was able to recover by using editing software.  Moral of the story, shooting in RAW often allows more leeway in altering photos in post production, and that includes having a better chance at correcting mistakes.  Below shows the JPG image.
       

10 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

You certainly make a good caase for using raw

Nancy J said...

I have a friend who shoots in RAW all the time. This is one instance where it was definitely for the best for you.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

I agree, Karen. I always shoot in RAW, but skip the extra JPEG image.
You captured some beautiful soft pinks in your RAW file.

Andy said...

Raw is the only way to shoot.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

well, all my shots come out perfect to begin with in jpg, so I'm good.

*wink*

the shot DID turn out nice

Hilary said...

It took a while until I began shooting in RAW but have since salvaged many otherwise poor images. The photo is lovely.

Felicia said...

I love to shoot RAW and do it all the time. I've thrown some out that I probably shouldn't have too.

love the image.

Bill said...

I also shoot raw-- although Laura had to convince me to do so 3 or 4 years ago. In this case I really like the original along with your final product. Good stuff.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I am certainly not a pro at this photography thing, but thanks to my son, who is a professional photographer,I have learned to shoot Raw all the time. I enjoy the editing part of the process almost as much as the capturing the images. Yes,a Raw image can be pushed farther than a JPEG.

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