Photography: Raw Format Vs Jpeg File

That I like to make pictures is no secret. I love it! I love to capture my personal, beautiful moments forever and capture the emotions. Each picture tells me his story and it fills me with eerie joy to put me back into the moment of the recording.

I am not a photographer and have never visited a photo course or similar. I have always liked pictures, formerly with a simple digital camera, today with my reflex camera Canon EOS600D. The right look for the picture has evolved over the years. The difference between a digital camera and a reflex camera  device is not easy to recognize at first glance for a lay person.

Each image is as good as its photographer. I shot countless pictures to find out which lighting settings make sense to what settings of the camera. I am also not a naturalist, I have also read a lot in the Internet and photography magazines.
Nevertheless, I had to realize that even a well-shot photo does not work without image processing.

Many digital cameras and almost all SLR cameras offer
the possibility to save the images as so-called RAW files.
This format is different from manufacturer to manufacturer and
saves the data as seen by the camera sensor. It is
much larger than a “finished” JPEG file and contains
much more information for later processing on the PC. However, it is – as the name implies-“raw”, so it always needs a
post-processing.
Even if the camera is set to JPEG,
the RAW format is still used as the intermediate step. This file
is processed, optimized and
then converted into a JPEG file by the camera-internal image processor. The applied settings
can usually be set in the camera.

The Advantages Of A RAW File Are:

It contains the image in a format as the sensor has seen.

The white balance can be carried out as a follow-up on the PC.

1024-16384 brightness levels are stored per color channel. (JPEG only 256)

Without loss of quality, the image can be made lighter or darker by two f-stops.

Details, which are not visible in the first moment, can be made visible again on the PC.

In
the course of the work is not worked destructively, ie
the original file is not changed and every step can be
reversed at any time.

The Disadvantages Of A RAW File Are:

It is much larger than a JPEG file. (With me about 30 – 40 MB per file)

It MUST be reworked, the original image is always very pale and low contrast.

The
few image viewing programs can read RAW files, so
after the post-processing a JPEG has to be created.

Due to the compulsory postprocessing it takes significantly more time.

The RAW files can be processed either by the software included with the camera
(Canon: Canon Photo Professional) or by third-
party programs (Adobe Camera RAW, Adobe Lightroom).

This is the raw RAW file created by the camera .

I personally have my camera mostly set so that
two files per image are saved: the RAW file and the next
developed JPEG file. This gives me the full flexibility. In the
snapshots, I can delete the RAW files and only pick up the JPEGs
. For the photos, which I would like to edit, I delete the JPEGs
and edit the RAWs according to my ideas.

Photo processing is pure taste. For natural motifs I love contrasting, bright colors.
In humans, I think “less is more”. Most of the time the JPEG file is enough for me. I turn the brightness a little higher and am satisfied.

In the next few days, I will write a post in which I will show you how to edit different pictures.