1. It has nothing to do with wrestling.
2. I used to think it would take me more time when editing because I’d have to change the file to a jpeg at some point. So. Not. True. Raw takes less time to edit thanks to Photoshop’s plugin, Adobe Camera Raw that allows you to select multiple images and edit them simultaneously – as well as save images into jpeg all at once!
3. Raw and Jpeg files don’t look the same when they come straight out of the camera (SOOC).
4. Raw files are much easier to fix if you mess up the exposure or the white balance.
5. Raw files are huge and take up much more space on memory cards. I can fit about 150 on a 4GB memory card.
6. Raw files compared to Jpeg files are files your camera produces where the information is not compressed and therefore is easier to manipulate later in the editing process.
7. Raw files are higher in dynamic range and have a better ability to display highlights and shadows.
8. Raw files are usually lower in contrast compared to a Jpeg.
9. A raw file is usually 2-6 times larger than jpeg.
10. A Raw image cannot be printed directly from the camera and requires some amount of post processing in order to be a printable format.
11. Raw files are not always as sharp.
12. While many photographers would agree that Raw is the better format for shooting you have to chose whatever is best for you.
13. If you’re new to Raw, experiment by shooting in both modes and editing both to see how you like it.
14. Great times to shoot with raw: When you’re struggling with white balance, when you’re shooting in a situation with strong highlights that might get overexposed, when you’re going to enlarge an image, and when you’re shooting in low light.
15. The term “raw” isn’t an acronym. It literally means the raw data from your camera’s sensor.
16. Because raw files contain more information on each individual image from your camera’s settings you have finer control over the small details.
17. Raw doesn’t cost more to use on your DSLR or to process afterward.
18. I photographed for 2 years using exclusively JPEG files and it took me awhile to figure out RAW and fully understand what I was doing with it. If you can’t figure it out on the first try, give it some time.
19. There is a large variety of software that can be used to edit raw files.
20. Just remember, there’s no right or wrong choice. This information is to give you a better idea of what exactly a raw file is.