Digital Photography Tutorial: Why Pros Prefer RAW Files

This digital photography tutorial explains the advantages of using RAW files and why they are usually preferred by the pros. A file format is important when it comes to storing images, and the RAW file contains unaltered pixel information which is recorded directly from the sensor of the digital camera. 

Unaltered Data

A RAW format holds everything of the data and does not alter the data in any way as opposed to other formats like JPEG, which will interpret according to particular settings on the camera and also compress the data resulting in certain loss. Unaltered data is much more important to professionals, as in many cases they would want the images to be stored in a way which was naturally seen and would like the maximum detail of the image saved. RAW files, therefore, have come to be known as digital negatives.

Wider Flexibility in Post Editing

Now-a-days, various photo editing software is used to enhance the quality of an image. The editing software which process RAW files offers many more parameters for manipulating the various aspects of the image (compared to other formats). Editing can be done with ease for white balance, reducing noise levels, color saturation, sharpness, brightness and contrast.

Faster Editing

Photo editing software that processes RAW files enable you to save particular settings that you have adjusted. These saved settings can then be applied to a batch of images, thus saving a lot of time in the editing process of a professional who has to deal with many images at a time.