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The Benefits of RAW Format Photography

Whitby Pier at sunrise, Sony RX100, ISO80, f/5.0, 1/30".
Whitby Pier at sunrise, Sony RX100, ISO80, f/5.0, 1/30″.

I know that most if not every photographer reading this post will be aware of the benefits of shooting in RAW format. Despite this, I still wanted to emphasise one point by sharing this image. The image is from April 2013 which is a long time in “digital years”. I used a first-generation Sony RX100; the latest generation is MKVII, so it shows how things have moved on (I think).

At the time I was shooting RAW format, but the image disappointed me. The colours didn’t look good, the detail in the foreground wasn’t well defined and the sky was noisy. For those of you who love the technical details, I shot it handheld at ISO80 using an f/5.0 aperture and shutter speed of 1/30”. I can’t remember for sure, but I don’t think I used any filters.

Now some 7 years later I can process the image well using DxO PhotoLab 3. I should point out that I’m a fan of using DxO PhotoLab for Sony RAW files. I’ve found the results much better than I could achieve with Lightroom. The latest version of the software (PhotoLab 3) has made a superb job of processing the image. It’s crisp into the corners, the detail’s well defined and the colours are true to what I remember at the time.

If I didn’t have the RAW file, I wouldn’t have been able to progress the image to this level. Having a RAW file allows me to take advantage of the latest developments in image processing. Better software really is like upgrading your camera. Now I have an image that I like, and which will produce a 22” print at 240dpi. It also has enough quality to print at 30” without any problem. Now I don’t think that’s too bad for a pocket camera.

The only disappointment that I’m left with is that I sold the camera after a couple of years because I thought that it wasn’t very good. What I didn’t realise at the time is the processing software was at fault, not the camera.

Latest Colour Adjustment Video

If you haven’t already seen it, my latest video looks at adjusting image colours in Lightroom using the HSL Tool. This is something I use a lot, but the key is to keep the adjustment subtle. It’s not a long video and could well be worth a few minutes of your time https://youtu.be/tI0WQybPeAY

Lenscraft in Focus February Newsletter

Tomorrow is the first Saturday of a new month which means my latest Lenscraft in Focus newsletter goes out. If you’re not on the subscriber list, you can read the newsletter on Lenscraft from Saturday 1st February.

Have a great weekend.