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There are a ton of bad resources comparing RAW vs JPEG.  There are a ton of myths out there on this subject.  I'll cut to the chase.

Lets break it down. The first part "I Shoot" tells the reader that they are a photographer. Many photographers use the term 'shooting' instead of 'photographing', or, the term I try to stay away from 'taking pictures'. I REALLY don't like that last term as I feel I am creating photographs to last a lifetime, not just pictures or snapshots. I also tend to create and control everything about my photographs; location, lighting, style, pose, clothing, etc. Call me a control freak if you like ;-).

AlexNow on to the second part "RAW". We have heard quite a few stories about what people thought it meant. RAW, is one type of file output from a DSLR or advanced camera that writes ALL DATA from the digital sensor to the memory card. Other file types are TIF and JPG. Most photographers start out shooting JPG because they don't know better or believe everything they read online. RAW data, or RAW files (NEF, CR2, DNG, just to name a few) is all of the data available at the time of image capture. JPEGs are processed by the camera from RAW data, then deleting the RAW data and only leaving the much, much smaller JPEG file.

Think of it this way...from the days you used to shoot -FILM- of all things. When you had your photos processed at the lab what would you do with your negatives? Always keep them safely stored and filed, right? Of course! Well RAW files are your negatives and JPEG files are the 4x6 prints you would get at the same time. About 50% of the time they are fine, but many times the young kid who was clueless behind the print processor in the lab didn't know how you liked your prints. Sometimes they were too dark, other times they should have corrected for the very bright flash and dark background.

So why, now that you are shooting digital, do you toss away your negatives (RAW files) and settle for only the 4x6 prints (JPEG files)? Would you ever make a 20x30 or 30x40 print from a tiny 4x6 print that was poorly printed in the first place? Never! Heck no! So why do you settle for JPEG files that are tossing more data than you keep while the camera is converting it from RAW?

Friends don't let friends shoot JPEG. Now back to my regularly scheduled programming :-0.

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