Why Shoot in Raw Format?
One of the most popular features of Raw files is that they are capable of holding 16-bit of color data compared to JPEG’s 8-bit. However, most digital cameras only produce 12-bit Raw files. Some newer and advanced cameras can produce 14-bit, and many highly advanced cameras shoot even at 16-bit! Is it really that big of a difference? Lets have a look at the comparison table below:
|Raw vs Jpeg||8 Bit (Jpeg)||12 Bit (Raw)||16 Bit (Raw)|
|Tones per channel||256||4096||65536|
|Colour||Over 16 million||Over 68 million||Over 281 million|
As you can see from the above table, there is really a big difference between the bit levels in terms of colour and tones. With that said, however, 8-bit is still produces good results and is usually good enough for most candid photos (unless they contain delicate colors that need adjustments.) Raw format can produce the most detailed image because it can see the differences in tonal range within a wider selection of colour . This is closer to the subtleties that you eye can see.
Here are few advantages of the Raw format:
Raw files can provide greater exposure adjustments than JPEG files; over 50% more exposure detail (depending on the sensor capabilities). When adjusting exposure in a JPEG file, the highlights and shadowed areas get clipped resulting in lower detail in these areas. Working with Raw format allows you to recover the detail in highlights and shadows. Here is the example:
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Because Raw files contain a wider gamut of color, the white balance can be corrected without any noticeable loss in detail or distortion of the image. Using Raw converters, such as the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in, Lightroom, Aperture, or others to do this is easy and produces a better result. On the other hand, the white balance of JPEG files cannot be easily corrected without much noticeable loss in detail Due to Jpeg’s compressed format. Often, too much colour correction on a Jpeg image makes the photo look distorted and unrealistic.
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Jpegs have less tones per channel, which is why you cannot bring out details from shadows and/or highlights. Raw files contain more tones per channel so you can restore the details without compromising the photo quality (you have more information to work with.)
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You can achieve a more natural looking result if you adjust the Noise level in Raw format, due to its wider tonal range.
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Fine Tweaking Selective Colour:
Just look at the sample below to see how one colour can be selected and adjusted without changing the overall result.
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