|Summer Mow - Tehachapi, California|
I did not use RAW for this image.
What is JPEG? What is RAW?
JPEG is simply a universal image format that almost all computer software programs can read. The camera will interpret the data from the sensor and apply a number of predetermined adjustments and settings. The camera creates a usable and "complete" image and saves it in JPEG format.
|Wheat Grass - Tehachapi, California|
I saved this as a JPEG and not RAW.
RAW format allows you to make adjustments to an image later in post-processing. JPEG format automatically applies these adjustments prior to saving.
|Old Life, New Life - Victorville, California|
I did not save this image in RAW format.
For most cameras and most situations, if you can get all of the settings the way you want them prior to opening the shutter, there is almost nothing to be gained from saving in RAW. With RAW, the major benefit is if you cannot get the settings correct, you have another chance later. In my experience, a few seconds of care in the field will save you several minutes in front of a computer later.
|Old Tracks - McKinney, Texas|
I didn't use RAW for this photograph.
There are three types of people that saving in RAW benefit: those who like sitting for hours in front of a computer fiddling with images, those who are unsure what settings they want to use (so it is "easier" to figure it out later), and those who don't have the time to be constantly making all sorts of adjusting in a quickly changing environment (think wedding photographers).
|Ball Defying Gravity - Hesperia, California|
I saved this image as a JPEG file and not RAW.
Sometimes there is also a small gain in dynamic range by saving in RAW and playing with the curves in software. Because JPEG applies whatever setting you have told it to, the contrast level may effect the highlights and shadows and you can lose some details in the darkest and/or lightest parts of an image. In my opinion, the very small gain in dynamic range isn't worth the time it takes to achieve it.
|Wired Ears - Tehachapi, California|
It took two JPEGs to create the above image.
For most people and most situations, as long as care was taken in the field to ensure everything is as you want it to be, JPEG format will produce the results you want and it will save you time over saving in RAW.
|Steadfast Movement - Mojave, California|
I did not use RAW for this photograph.