Digital photography is a very interesting hobby. On highend digital cameras, the user has the choice to use either JPEG or RAW as a digital output image format. The decision to use JPEG or RAW for digital photography is always an ongoing debate.
Sometimes, it is better to use Jpeg rather than RAW. Usually, this is when file size is a constraint. This is when, a small file size is preferred.
Raw image files are also known as digital negatives. This is because this format fulfill the same role as film negatives in traditional chemical photography.
In this article, we will look into the advantages of RAW over JPEG as a digital image file formation. The advantages are as the followings:
1. RAW offers better colours. RAW tends to capture a deeper and richer tone of colours than Jpgs. Sometimes, using Jpgs can result in a unpleasant colour cast.
2. RAW offers more controls for exposure. Unless one control the contrast and saturation directly from the digital camera, using jpg as a file format run the risk of losing details and colours. On the other hand, RAW doesn’t have this problem.
3. RAW format is not lossy. Jpeg is a lossy format. A lossy compression file format is one where compressing data and then decompressing it retrieves data that may well be different from the original. Lossy compression formats suffer from generation loss. In another word, the repeated compressing and decompressing of the file will result in progressive lost of image quality.
Well, that is all for this photography related article.