If you’re just starting out in photography, you might have heard of something called RAW. RAW files are really big photo files that professionals use, but many amateurs stay away from–mainly because RAW files are enormous and beginners wouldn’t know what to do with them. This video, hosted by Lauren Lim, aims to solve that by offering a really excellent, easy-to-follow approach to RAW imaging:
There are a few reasons why professionals choose RAW over smaller file types:
There are other reasons, too, but these are some of the main advantages.
If you have a DSLR, it’s easy. The above image is of a Canon 5D, but any camera should clearly state the option if you click Menu -> Quality. One of the options should be “RAW”.
Many cameras also offer the option to take a photo in both RAW and JPEG formats. It’s a good option for beginners who want to see the difference.
It’s super-easy: just open your file in the application, then click File -> Export. From there you can choose what size you want to export it as (depending on whether it’s for print or web), and you’re good to go.