If you have spent any time around people who are majorly into photography and I’m not talking about people who like pictures, I’m talking photographers; those people who spend a lot of time studying techniques on ISO settings and aperture settings and shutter speed settings and the rule of thirds, etc, then you’ve probably heard the terms Camera Raw versus Jpeg thrown around, a lot. So what is Camera Raw exactly?
First, before we answer that question I want to mention that your phone camera and any point and shoot camera both land and water will only shoot in Jpeg. Jpegs are compressed files that computers and the internet recognize without help. They are also known as “lossy” photos as they do compression of pictures from the original size/format to a more manageable size and format for most computers and in the process “lose” some data.
In the example below, you’ll notice the 2 circled numbers, the larger of the 2 is the Raw format, 28.6MB. It contains any and all data about the picture and allows for a computer program such as Photoshop to manipulate the picture while the smaller of the 2 is the jpg, 2.1MB, which has already done compression of the photo and made it a more manageable size. Continue reading