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Why Shooting in RAW is Important

If you're new to the world of photography, you might find that your photos don't always end up the way you want them to look. Setting the right aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance for every shot can get a little crazy and you might forget to change your settings when you move to a different spot. It happens to the best of us, new and old photographers alike. 

The best way to save your photos when you forget to change your settings is to shoot in RAW. If you have a DSLR, you should be able to go into your settings and change to RAW or RAW+JPEG [depending on your camera you may only have RAW+JPEG as an option]. Every camera is different, so to see what you need to do I suggest looking in your manual or go to Google and search "how to change my camera to shoot in RAW."

Once you figure this out you can take your improperly exposed photos from this.....


....to this....


Huge difference, right? Shooting in RAW will help make up for any mistakes you might make when you're photographing any subject. Sometimes, it's truly a life saver!

The photo above is of course, totally unedited beside the lighting adjustments I made in the Adobe Camera RAW editing screen. Her bra is hanging out of the back of her shirt, she has a bruise on her arm, it's not as sharp as I would like it to be and there are several other things that I would go and change in Photoshop. I use Photoshop Elements 10 to edit my photos which works great for anyone from beginners to experts. If you've been considering learning the craft, I suggest ditching free programs like Picnik and purchasing any of the last 4 versions of PSE. You can find older versions on sites like Ebay and Craigslist for less than $100. Once you have a better program, you can turn the above photo, into this...



Hopefully I've helped to shine some light on the importance of shooting in RAW rather than just JPEG. If I hadn't have shot in RAW, this photo would have been useless but thankfully I was able to save it and turn it into a piece of art.

Stay tuned in the future for more tips and tricks from Taber Lacie Photography!

Until next time,