RAW or Jpeg – which is best?

If you don’t shoot in RAW already, you may well have heard of it, even if only in the form of other photographers swearing they never shoot in anything but RAW. Most serious photographers prefer RAW shooting, but there’s quite a bit of controversy over whether or not it’s always a good idea. So should you be using RAW? Or is Jpeg good enough?

What exactly is RAW, and what are the differences between the two?

 RAW files are the ‘raw’ data that your camera produces when you take a shot

 Jpeg files are what your camera presents you with after it’s done some basic processing on them. This processing happens after you take the shot and is extremely quick, so that most of the time you don’t even know it’s happening. (Jpeg stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, who were responsible for creating this as a standard format.)…

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