When it comes to photography, a lot of emphasis is on the kit and lenses and I don’t see many people mention camera settings or export settings which I really do think can make or break a picture.
One of those things that I advocate for all over social media is shooting in RAW. I’d always assumed shooting in RAW was a common thing bloggers did, until I held my lightroom workshop at scarlett london’s blog con. I asked about RAW ready to skim over it and got a mass of blank stares from across the room.
RAW is a type of file which in the most basic terms, holds on to as much information about the photo as possible. It produces massive files to keep all of this data so be wary if shooting in RAW on a small SD card.
Why is it useful?
I always shoot in RAW for many reasons, a lot of the time it is because I know the file will hold on to a lot of information, so if I am shooting lots and the light changes but I forget to change my settings, I know I can edit the photo after and not lose quality.
That’s the main benefit RAW shooting has over JPG or other file types, it doesn’t lose quality while editing.
Do you ever see someone (usually on twitter) post a really rubbish dark photo then next to it they post their edited version which is lit perfectly holding on to all the colour and sharpness. This is probably taken in RAW. I’ll be honest with you guys, I hate seeing those photos. I hate that they always get a load of attention and likes and lots of ‘oh my god your editing is amazing’ when in reality, when you are in the know, you know it takes 2 clicks in lightroom to get that.
These photos below are the same image, just with a few small edits. If you look at the bottom picture, you wouldn’t know it was taken in a dark room with the curtains drawn.
Luckily for you, you’ve been following my photography series, and know that I will get on to lightroom editing tips and tricks next week.
I would always say, try and set up the photo, lighting etc exactly how you want it before taking photos, as any editing will slightly deteriorate the quality of the photo, but there are lots of occasions where this can’t happen. You know those beautiful hotel photos bloggers take, sitting on a bed with the windows wide open showing the city? That’s a prime example of how RAW will make this photo.
As the city will be over exposed and the room under exposed, having all the information in the photo will allow you to brighten up the room and not lose the picture quality.