So here was my thought process:
-What I'm doing is yielding great results.
-What she's doing is also yielding great results, but she has to spend more money on back-up hard drives.
Seemed like a no-brainer-- RAW wasn't for me!
But then last year I did some second shooting for a great local photographer & she had me shooting in RAW. After that I was hooked! I can't believe I was scared of it, and felt completely unprofessional that I hadn't been using it, especially for weddings.
Why is RAW so special?
Need I say more? This is before & after.
Why not just be a fabulous photographer & have great exposure all the time in camera? Shouldn't I be good enough to get the perfect exposure every time?
Well yes, I should be. But I'm human. And sometimes crazy things happen, like conditions go from super bright to super dark very quickly. Or sometimes I think I changed my settings correctly & guess what? I didn't. Things happen. I'm a human & I live in an imperfect world. Brides trust me to get all the magical images from their special day, and I am going to do everything humanly possible to make sure that happens.
So now I've bought a second external hard drive & four new memory cards. Overall it was about a $400 investment (I shopped around & got great deals-- & I needed more memory cards anyway). But it was a crucial investment!
If you're wondering what this whole RAW thing is about, start researching! Any DSLR camera should shoot in RAW, but you will have to make sure you have a program on your computer to open & edit a RAW file. You can't just shoot in RAW & upload to Facebook-- each image has to be converted to JPEG to be useful to anyone other than a photographer.
One more thing-- I don't shoot everything in RAW. Anything for a client is always shot in RAW, but when it comes to grabbing a quick shot of my little girl, I've started using JPEG a lot more recently. That way I don't have to run it through Lightroom & get bogged down in editing. Every picture doesn't have to be a masterpiece!
Do you use RAW? Do you have a need for using RAW?
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