What is it about RAW images that make them so different from other formats? RAW images take up far more memory space than the JPEG ones ever could, and with good reason. RAW files are basically data that are being recorded directly from the camera’s sensor. It means that all of the supporting details for the images are still relatively intact. It is not auto edited and instead gives you the option to decide on what kind of editing approaches you may want to apply it to. The closest analogy between RAW and JPEG would have to be RAW being the data captured directly by the human eye whereas JPEG is data that is processed by the brain and then projected to an external source after the info has been gleaned from the eyes. This kind of difference matters to a Los Angeles wedding photographer who is keen on the quality of his photos.
With RAW images, you are able to make edits or any other kinds of adjustments and changes without actually touching the original data.
You probably have not delved too much into this just yet but just so you know, when it comes to the post shoot editing part of the process in wedding photography, RAW will let you edit and make different edited versions without ever changing anything on the original file. This means that you get your images intact even if you make some editing mistakes. You can always just go back and start again. JPEG will not let you do that. You make changes and make the mistake of saving them and your original file is gone forever because it will save the new version you have just created.
You get less banding and better gradation in print if the images are in RAW format.
It might probably strike you as a bit odd on how print versions of the photos may still matter but they actually do. Maybe it is out of posterity or maybe some people still like to hold onto something tangible at some point but prints still matter a lot. RAW hands down delivers better print images because of the wide range of gradation it offers and because it is able to drastically minimize banding – which kills print quality.
When you shoot your images in RAW, you will be able to use different kinds of color spaces on your images whenever and wherever.
What this means is that the wedding photographer gets the freedom that he wants and needs when it comes to the editing part of the process. This option is not readily available to those who opt to film their images in JPEG. That in itself should be reason enough for you to go for RAW over JPEG at any time of the day.
Shooting in RAW is just hands down the most professional option out there.
You are able to easily control issues like blown highlights and banding and thus you are able to ensure that you are delivering the best possible quality of photos out to your clients.