Photography Tip 3

August 01, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Hey Photographers!

Welcome to this mini photography tip to help you with your camera and to get better photos!

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This photography tip is about camera file types. You will have heard the terms RAW and jpeg before. These examples of the types of files your camera creates when you take a photo. The best way to explain the difference between the two is to think back to the film days. The film "negatives" from then can best be related to a RAW file as it contained all the information from your photo. When you print out a film photo, this could best be related to a jpeg image. Digital RAW files do capture so much more information, like millions of different colours, whereas a jpeg image only captures 256 colours so a bit difference. There's pros and cons for both and it depends what and how you shoot, but ideally capturing photos in RAW format is best. The downside to this is you need specific software to view and edit a RAW file and it will also take up a lot more space on your computer so external storage needs to be considered. RAW files generally need some sort of editing to bring out the details of what the human eye saw, RAW files tend be bland and flat to the eye which is normal. The detail and colour is there though, photographers need to bring that out. RAW files will give you more editing flexibility too, like changing white balance which you cannot do with a jpeg image.

If you don't have the storage or software to manage RAW files I suggest you use the largest size/resolution jpeg your camera can capture.

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I hope you enjoyed this photography tip. Feel free to ask any questions here or send me a message or email.

Till next time, happy shooting.




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