When delving into wedding photography, should you go for RAW files or JPEG files? This seems to be one of the most conflicting predicaments that photographers find themselves in one way or the other. The more seasoned and experienced professional Dundee wedding photographers out there seem to make their stand and vouch for the usage of RAW files when it comes to shooting in wedding photography. RAW may have its down sides such as the fact that it eats through so much memory space way too fast and the fact that it can drastically slow your camera down because it fills the buffer of the sensors faster than usual but those are small inconveniences compared to the benefits that you will be getting out of using it. It will all be worth it.
RAW files offer the highest quality possible for your images.
Anyone who has anything to do with wedding photography will tell you that quality is everything when it all comes down to it. When you shoot in RAW, you capture all of the information that is being captured by the sensor of the camera. The information is completely untouched and the file is not compressed to save memory space. This is the main reason why RAW images take up so much space. It does come with more pros than cons though and that is why RAW is still the way to go. When you have access to information as fast as this, not only are you guaranteed to have high quality photos, you are also guaranteed to have control over all of the editing options that are to be done to your photos. After all, your human brain, paired up with powerful editing programs, is way more powerful than any pre-programmed auto editing options on your camera.
2. You are able to record the greatest levels of brightness.
This may not mean much to a non photographer but this means heaps for experts in the world of wedding photography. Levels of brightness basically refer to the number of steps if takes to bring a picture from black to white. The higher the number of steps, the higher quality of photo you are able to get. JPEG is only able to record 256 levels of brightness whereas RAW is able to record up to as much as over 16,000 levels of brightness.
3. When shooting during a wedding, photographers will always aim to get the best exposure as much as possible for their camera.
This can be a bit of an issue because things and people tend to move fast during weddings. As a matter of fact, things are almost always on the move during weddings. Shooting in RAW will enable the wedding photographer to easily fix any clipped shadows, blown highlights, or over exposed and under exposed images because of the additional information readily available on the file. This means that any flaws will be corrected fairly easily without having to sacrifice the quality of the images being taken.