adgjqetuo wrote in post #10027989
I'm still shooting in jpeg - can someone give me reasons (in Laymans terms) why it's more benificial to switch to raw?
As everyone else has said, Raw is a bit like having a negative and you do the developing yourself. You do get slightly better image quality from a Raw file if you know what you're doing, although the difference probably isn't as good as everyone makes out. For me, there are 2 main reasons to shoot in Raw:
1) White balance. If you shoot indoor, outdoor, with flash, without, in different types of lighting then Raw mode is a real help as you can set the white balance as you're processing to make your photos look better. If you are shooting in JPG mode only it's very difficult to correct for a tungsten white balance if your camera was set to fluorescent, for example.
2) Blown highlights. Sometimes when you're shooting you take a photo and realise when you get home that you've made a mess of the exposure and the highlights have been blown out. Well, with Raw mode you've got a slightly better chance of fixing the mistake. It's not perfect, and it depends how much you've blown the highlights, but Raw files contain more data for your computer to recover the info from.
There are other benefits to shooting Raw, but those are the most important to me.
And now the downside: you have to do all the processing yourself. With the right software it doesn't have to take too long, but it IS a bit of a pain - it's simpler to just let the camera shoot JPGs and you don't need to worry. Also, Raw files take up more space than JPGs. Other than that, Raw files are generally better.
Hope that helps.