26 May 2014

Blogging tips series // Photography Part 4 - Raw Images

Understanding why we need to shoot in raw is one of most difficult part in photography. I hated shooting in raw as it was a time-consuming process afterward. I like jpeg and pictures straight out of the camera as this saves me time. During my photography course, one day I was taking pictures of the sunset as I visited this place down the coast. However when I came back home and viewed my images I realised the white balance was wrong, the colour just was too dark and not how it looked in the camera when I took it. I was so disappointed as I was not able to go back to that place again! 

That's when I realised I should take photos in raw as then I will be in control of the image when I edit it! Even now I shoot in raw but my camera allows me to shoot in jpeg and raw at the same time so it saves two copies of the same picture. This way I have one copy where I can edit every detail just incase and another processed copy where I can still make my little changes while editing. That's why normally wedding photographers capture their images in raw because they only have one chance to take that image and they do not want to risk getting it wrong. 

Ever took a photo and then went to edit the brightness but it made it look washed out and not natural? Well yes I used to have that problem a lot! I use Picasa to edit my brightness and contrast and it just seems to give a grey cast when I add some brightness. Raw images in Lightroom will prevent that cast because you will be editing the actual image and not putting a layer on top of it. 

So why should you take blog photos in raw format?

Firstly, you can change your mind about some camera settings which you used when you took your pictures. This gives you the flexibility to experiment as well as learn new techniques. Of course, on top, it gives you the option to make your photos look better. 

If you are looking for the highest of highest photo quality then you should be shooting in raw.

If you want to change exposure to the correct setting, increase brightness, sharpen image, correct white balance and get better detail in your photograph then once again you want to be shooting in raw. 

Whenever there are advantages of something there's also some disadvantage. Some of which are;

Raw photos take up a lot of memory space. 

The photo needs to be processed which can slow the camera down. 

Some programs can not open raw files. 

It can slow your computer down if you have a low RAM memory to work with.

So there you are, a simple post on raw images! I will likely to be adding sample pictures to this post, but I have been away from home all this week so really sorry for taking so long to get this post out!

Now I have finished my photography series, I will next be posting about things you need to know about 'Blogger' platform and something's you may have not known! 


  1. This is a good tip :) I need to get my hands on a really nice camera to get better photos for my blog. What do your recommend? :) Thank you for following me on twitter - I'm a new bloglovin' follower, would love you to check out my blog! xx


    1. What is your budget? And also are you after a dslr or a compact small digital camera? If you let me kno those things I will be able to recommend a few :) thank you for following on bloglovin, I will be sure to check your blog out! Xx

  2. I missed this post! Thanks for posting about raw. I think i'll try and see if I've got this option on my camera and see how i go with it but it sounds pretty good :)

    Yazmin xx

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  5. I am constantly telling people to shoot in RAW if possible too. So much easier to sort the images out on the computer rather than faffing on with the settings on the camera x

    1. Oh goshh yes! Glad someone else is with me on this! RAW makes life so much easier! x


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