Why Shoot RAW?

I was having a chat with another photography enthusiast and they shoot everything in JPEG and when I said I only shoot RAW there was a GASP followed by “Why would you shoot RAW?” (asked with a condescending tone and a confused face)

For me, it is one of the NOT NEGOTIABLE things on my list… I shoot RAW for many reasons but they all come back to one word… Flexibility. RAW gives me the options to make changes and adjustments to so many things later. Jpeg whilst great for happy snaps or listing your couch on eBay, degrades an image and disables your flexibility. WIth a RAW file you can make so many changes after the photo is taken… true, it means your post processing workflow is a little more work and will take a little longer, but if you’re serious about getting the best possible result then you will shoot RAW…

Today’s iCandy – Friendly Cows

We were driving along and I spotted a paddock with all these cows just grazing away and I thought, I will stop and get a photo… as soon as I walked over to the fence they all ran over… so much for a natural look! Anyway… it was funny, it was as if they wanted their photo taken!

friendly cows

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] Shot with the Sexy One (aka the Fuji X-E1) [/tab] [tab] I used Aperture Priority (aka AV) [/tab] [tab] ISO800 – I always shoot as low as possible but it was very dark and overcast and I wanted to make sure the cows were sharp [/tab] [tab] f2.8 so I could keep the shutter speed up, the mirrorless Fuji has a great depth of field even when it’s wide open [/tab] [tab] 1/120 second [/tab] [tab] Fujifilm 18mm f2 [/tab] [tab] No filter used [/tab] [tab] Shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4, very little was done, a little contrast and a tad of sharpening. The Fuji really does deliver a great image [/tab] [/tabbed]

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