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Why You Should Shoot In RAW



I've had a DSLR for little over a year now and only recently I've been able to use the RAW image format and honestly it's been life changing for me. I'm somebody who takes photos every day and I've taken plenty of images with awful lighting. I've spent hours trying to edit regular image formats without butchering the quality to get that dreamy white background and honestly on the odd chance it's only been successful once or twice.

My house is very dark with barely any natural light and photographing by a window isn't an option for me, I've spent so much money on studio lighting but I don't have enough space to put them up any more... Sigh. I became fed up and really needed a way to make my images brighter without them looking over edited.

This is when RAW became a game changer for me; I've always wanted to shoot in raw but photoshop would never open the format, I got in touch with Adobe and sorted the issue and now RAW files open up like a dream! All my photos besides images taken on my phone are shot in RAW format now simply because they're so much easier to edit.

RAW photos are just raw images (like an uncooked chicken) and need to be 'cooked' (edited) before they're a regular .PNG or .jpeg image file ready for printing and sharing. Editing RAW images doesn't add loads of layer on top of the image but simply adjusts the files data. You know those image setting you have on your camera such as exposure, temperature and so on? Well the settings data has been saved onto the RAW file from your camera and can be edited through a program like photoshop, so you're literally adjusting the settings rather than adding to the photo.


You wouldn't believe that the image above is the original image of the image below, it's amazing what you can do in photoshop with 10 minutes of editing. So crisp, so bright, so airy... *heart eye emoji*


Because you're adjusting the photo's editing data and not piling on filters you're keeping the image's crisp quality, leaving you with a brighter, clearer image, where as editing a standard image adds those layers and takes away the smaller details if you edit too much. 

I honestly wouldn't go back to shooting in any other format, you can save even the darkest of images with a few tweaks and it saves the frustration of worrying about poor lighting conditions! 

Do you use RAW format for your images? 





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  1. This was such a great post!! As someone who's spent the past 4 hours trying to edit past terrible lighting quality, I'm desperate to try this out! <3

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, I hope it comes useful to you! You should definitely give it a go! xo

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  2. This is very interesting, how do you get the RAW files off your memory card?
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    1. I upload them to Adobe Lightroom, edit them, and then export them all as JPG! You can also do the same in Adobe Photoshop :)

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    2. I open mine straight from the memory card, edit the file and then save as a PNG onto my computer!If you want to do further editing though save it as a PSD :)

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  3. This is so important! I haven't shot in RAW since I got my Olympus PEN and I really need to get back into the settings side of things to make sure I'm using the camera to the best of my ability!

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    1. Oh the dreamy olympus pen, the camera of dreaaaams!

      Its okay to not shoot in RAW though, if you enjoy shooting in other formats then you carry on doing you! I'm absolutely pants with my DSLR and honestly editing saves my images so much, I'd be lost if I didn't shoot in RAW any more!

      Thanks for dropping by lovely!x

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  4. LOVE this post! I'm glad you've covered a very much needed topic- and took it a step further. I learned about shooting in RAW a couple of years ago and it's been a major life changer. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, it really is a life changer, right?! :)

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  5. I'm terrible as a trainer photog because when I do photos for customers I shoot in RAW and the rest of the time for my blog and stuff I do everything the rubbish, lazy way and people don't believe that I am actually trained because my blog stuff is so rubbish haha!!

    Danielle xo

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    1. That's okay though because you can take photos however you want! And besides I guess you don't want it to feel the same as your day time job! x

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  6. I haven't heard of shooting in raw, so next time I take some photos I'll have a go!

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