raw barn

IMG_1480 copyI have a question for you guys. What format do you shoot your photographs in? Up until recently, I had only being using JPEG. Truth be told, I didn’t know that there were any other options. Then one day, I had some free time and I decided to watch over an hour in YouTube tutorials on Canon cameras. That’s when I heard about a little something called RAW format. What is this RAW, I thought? And why are professional photographers swearing by it?

I put it in the back of my mind until a few days later when I was scheduled to do a photo shoot. I walked to the edge of our deck and snapped two pictures of my mum’s baby barn. I took one in JPEG, and the other in RAW. Oh-my-god.

From this day forward, I will never go back to JPEG. What a difference. The photographs are instantly balanced, sharpened, and more vibrant. The little editing that they do need does not distort the original copy like what usually happens with its lesser counterpart. Why had no one ever told me about this before? My photographic experience has been heightened to such a level that I now want to go shoot any and everything. My life will never be the same.




  1. There are advantages and disadvantages to both formats. RAW files are larger and look dull fresh out of the camera, but offer higher dynamic range and greater flexibility when editing. JPGs are smaller which means you can shoot faster because your camera can process them more quickly, but don’t leave you much choice if you want to edit. If you like the editing process, then shoot RAW. I use Lightroom and apply a preset when I import to bring them to a state where I like them.

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  2. OMH

     /  10/25/2014

    I allways shoot in RAW. Sometimes I shoot RAW+JPG when it is pictures my wife want to upload right away :)

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  3. Gorgeous photograph and I must confess – I didn’t know about RAW. I have a Canon and will investigate. Thank you!


  4. I always shoot RAW. RAW captures more information from the sensor and allows for better editing. Plus every time you open a jpg image to tweak it, the image loses some of its info/pixels.

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  5. What a beautiful picture! Emory, I am still stuck in Jpeg, perhaps unwisely. I always thought that RAW would suck up all my memory space faster? As I take about a million photos, including ten of each single shot, that might be a problem for me.- Emily (wishing chair/ wish list art blog)

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  6. RAW is always best, and you can always save the pictures as a JPG later if you need a smaller file. Lovely photograph!

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  7. I’ll have to play around. I guess I knew about RAW files but I still shoot in JPEG. Would be nice I were able to take better photos. I always admire your photography.

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I never knew options existed and that it made a difference! i’ll try the RAW format :)

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!

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