I took a walk at Coulon Park and despite the rain and milky sky, the fall colors couldn’t have been better.
So what’s the twist? For the first time I shot the photos using the RAW image format. And no it was not my idea.
I’m taking a Photography class and at the end of the first session the instructor stated – rather casually I thought – that we should be shooting in RAW not JPEG. The quality of the image was better he said. And unlike JPEG the RAW file contains all of the image data and can be edited without losing quality. I’d heard of RAW before but it sounded too complicated to me and way beyond my abilities. Now it was a roadblock and I was tempted to ignore the ‘suggestion.’
Instead I begrudgingly gave it a try. I changed my camera settings to RAW and downloaded the software I needed to review and edit the files. Then I set out to practice on my favorite walk at Coulon Park.
Turns out it wasn’t that hard. I shot in RAW and JPEG simultaneously and compared the results. And though the difference is almost imperceptible I have to admit the RAW images came out a little better and were more fun to edit.
I still have a lot to learn but at least for the duration of the class I will be shooting in RAW.
And now I wonder what other mysteries of photography await to be discovered in this class.