As a wedding photographer, you have probably been bombarded left and right about arguments over why you should shoot in RAW during the weddings that you book. In order for you to be able to make sense of all of this, it is important for you to actually understand what it is all about at first. Basically speaking, RAW is just a file format. The next thing that you are probably wondering about is why people are losing their heads over it. Well, in a sense, it is the purest file format that you could ever get your hands on as a wedding photographer Cheshire. That superlative form of speech really says a lot about what RAW files can do and can deliver to you at the end of the day. RAW saves all of the info recorded by the sensor of the camera from the moment that you shot the images. This means that it has all of the elements of the photos intact with no compression, omission, or whatsoever. This in turn lets you produce really high quality images and allows you to be able to easily fix any photo issues in the long run because you have all of the information there.
RAW images will also let you go through your editing session without any hiccups.
You will be able to edit any photos easily without fear of losing the original file in case that you make any errors with the editing process because it will always protect its original files. Although you can make as many revisions as you want, RAW will always guarantee that the original saved image is kept pure and untouched. This is considerably so much better than JPEG aka the “lossy” file format. Any simple variations you make to a JPEG file will cause it to lose the previous copy right then and there. As a matter of fact, it’s not even the pure image to begin with. The image is automatically white balanced and compressed when you are shooting in JPEG in the camera’s attempt to save memory space. Saving up on memory space is fine if you are taking your personal vacation pictures but it is unforgivable if you choose quantity over quality during a professional wedding photography job.
RAW files will also allow you to establish a better workflow.
Once you are done covering the event, the clock starts ticking for your post shoot editing process. You are facing hundreds and sometimes up to thousands of images here. You cannot afford any delays on your editing process. You can pair up RAW files with really great editing software such as Lightroom and Aperture that will allow you to cut down your editing time to only a fraction of the time compared to the usual. As a matter of fact, Lightroom boasts being able to cut editing time down from 24 hours to just 4-6 hours. This is value that you really can’t get pretty much anywhere else so when it all comes down to it, RAW really is your best bet of getting things done the right way.