The majority of us who love taking photos on our phones and digital cameras are ignorant to the technical aspects of taking that perfect shot. The professionals who take amazing photos on our birthdays, wedding days, special occasions and events are really skilled on taking that shot. But even the amateurs and avid photography enthusiasts are also in the know!
So what technical things am I talking about? There are hundreds of things that a photographer considers: lighting, aperture, formats, angles, primes or zooms, the purpose of the shoot, how to create the atmosphere that you want to embody, exposure, iOS, which lens to use…the list is endless! Although I am as clueless as the next person because all I want to do is snap snap snap and post on my Instagram, I have new found respect for the skills these people have.
At work last week, I had a crash course on formats that a professional camera can take- the very well known JPEG and the not so well known Raw image format.
What is the difference?
A Raw photo is equivalent to a digital negative taken by the photographer. It is interesting to know that on a professional camera, you can actually choose which format to shoot. Although a Raw photograph is a bigger size than our beloved JPEG, I think that the pros outweigh the cons. The main advantage for a Raw shot is that you can change and do anything to the digital negative and the quality stays the same- it does not degrade the quality of the shot. However, the JPEG format, does. Interesting right?
A Raw shot can be used in analogy to a thumbnail where you can paint your nails, shape them, pretty much do anything you want. But at the end of the day, if you are not happy, you can use acetone to remove the nail polish and have your regular fingernail back. Same thing with the Raw format. As every edit you make is recorded, the changes can easily be undone, giving you the original shot at the highest quality.
There you have it! A short photography lesson- Photography 101- and just some maybe useful information for some people. It is very interesting to learn about these things as you never know, somewhere down the line it may be just the information you need!