Tipsy Thursday #40
RAW is a type of photo file format like a jpeg. But it's not compressed and holds a lot more information about the light that your camera has captured. This does make the file size a lot larger than a jpeg so watch the image count on your memory card. In your menu options you can change your setting to RAW and lots have it where you can do a RAW and jpeg file.
RAW let's you adjust the way that light is handled yourself instead of doing that for you. These files are un-compressed so you will need a software system to access them, generally get some free with your camera.
You have a lot more editing options when you shoot in RAW like being able to adjust white balance, contrast, exposure etc. which gives you more creativity as a photographer. Save the original RAW file then you can go back in the future and still play around with it.
You're limited with what you can do with a jpeg in post processing. So give RAW a try! Only real down side is they are much higher resolution so watch your image counter.
See how the right image is more vibrant & rich, this is the same exact image just the right is RAW and jpeg is on left.