The Power of Shooting in Raw
I am not hear to tell you that you must shoot raw or that shooting jpg is wrong. I just want to show you a photo. Since it is said “a picture is worth a thousand words” just look at this image. Then scroll to the bottom.
RAW Format = More Information
That top image was recorded in the raw file format by a photographer, Nura Heard. She is brand new at photography. She was practicing. And she did not change settings when she switched directions toward the bright sky… OOPS. The image was basically white. If you look closely and come a few inches from your monitor, you might see that there is a bubble floating. No sky and basically no detail… Lost cause. Right?
It should be a lost cause… As a photographer, you should definitely learn to nail your exposure. Plus when you do, even your edited work will be superior. But guess what? Not everyone is a pro. Not everyone is experienced enough to get perfect exposure and white balance every time. And yes, some of you will say editing, or saving a picture like this is cheating.
I am not actually suggesting you get lazy and rely on raw, BUT what if you snapped a once in a lifetime moment and the “before” happened. Maybe your photo is overexposed but is somewhere in between the two… Either way, the power of shooting in raw is evident. Whether or not you feel it is right, the fact is it achieved what you see above. Raw format records more information to your memory card. It gives you maximum control over your images. It does not apply default amounts of anything – it lets you be the photographer and control your final results.
[The "after" photo was editing in Lightroom - using Quick Clicks Lightroom Presets. I used the following presets and settings - Remove 2 Stops, Blowout Buster Full, Shadows moved to -62, contrast to 34, black to -87. I then edited in Photoshop and applied One Click Color from Fusion.]
After that, I decided to make the image more artistic (as seen below) by adding a few textures to the photo from the MCP Texture Play Overlay set. Then the photo really came alive.
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