Why I DON’T shoot RAW

So at this point, many photographers are properly gonna shout “RAW is better because you can edit more than a simple JPEG”. Here lies the point…

My workflow is based around me being able to push content out as fast as possible whether at an event, press conference or working my main job I need to be able to publish content as soon as its captured. I’m not going to lie that shooting in RAW gives you far better advantages in post-production where you can edit the photo in more depth but for me, speed is the most important.

In this post, I will go over reasons you shouldn’t shoot in RAW

Optimised in Camera

Shooting in JPEG has its benefits, one of these is that many DSLR’s now optimise JPEG images in camera. Most DSLR’s make colour tone, skin tones, and contrast look great out of the camera.

Improved workflow

Using JPEG as a file format is great for a fast workflow. Most online sites won’t accept CR2 files straight out, however, will accept JPEG. This means I can upload images instantly to the web without conversion or heavy editing. This allows me to do “Live” blog posts and be the first to publish images after an event.

Use much less space

CR2 files are massive for every RAW image you can store 5 JPEG’s. So far I have taken up 4TB of space with digital content that could be up to 5x as much if I shot all my images in RAW! They also allow more space to be on the SD card so I can use an SD card for more than one shoot whilst a RAW shooter can do 1 or maybe 2 before having to wipe the card.


Although I personally don’t enjoy shooting in RAW it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, RAW is fantastic if you have the time to edit the shots in post but for me when I need to get content out as fast as possible it not useable for my workflow.

18 / Videographer / Radio Host / Newcastle

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