RAW vs JPEG? Understanding the difference for Beginners – Photography

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Which popular file format loses some of the information from the image?

JPG is one of the earliest digital formats next to tiff. JPG was favoured, due to the limited hard drive storage, floppy disc volume size and screen loading times on, snail speed dial-up PC/Mac machines.

Dan Johnston
Guest Article from our photography quiz winner

Well, this came as a surprise that I’d be writing as a Guest here today.

Jpg or better known as JPEG. To the general photographic world became know around 1992. This time the world was ready for digital camera technology breaking into the industry. JPEG was the perfect format to adopt. The WorldWideWeb was growing, later to adopting jpeg as the format helping the system bloom.

  • While Kodak has seen this coming, the big Japanese manufacturers would not only knock the globally recognized name off its stranglehold on the film industry. But take away KODAK’s lifeline once and for all.
  • JPEG’S true history goes back later in much detail. Far too long for this article. With its origins dating back to the 70s. Developed by the Joint Photographic Expert Group, to assist what was seen at the time as a means in assisting in transferring via compressed images, store and later send files via the digital form. It would become the industry standard we see today.
  • Its history is mostly lost. As many may only know the format simply as a file your digital camera/Phone would choose by default or optioning RAW.
    Ignoring other formats we could use to store digital imagery. After editing our files to save to storage. Depending on the chosen purpose of your files, will determine what Format we could use.
  • Which could lead to the argument, which format is better? It is fair to say the lines between JPEG and RAW will become blurred as the technology within DSLRs improve.
  • However, it is fair to bet that RAW will stay around for a while to come yet regardless of its enormous size structure. Why then is the debate still ongoing? Why keep JPEG at all today? Can you really tell the difference?
    Ignoring the compression advantages. JPEG works for the average consumer in size. It helps your equipment to perform with limited bogging down. And for the greater part… It allows the camera/Phone to act on your behalf as your own darkroom by processing and adjusting contrast, sharpness, tonal ranges, skin colour adjustments and colour temperatures base off the scene the software reads.
  • It is to the user’s perception if this corrected image is to there tastes.

RAW in contrast. Gives you just that. Nothing but the Raw reflected light captured. In RAW, the User has control over every part of the image to adjust to his chosen methods and outcomes with no overriding camera adjustments that maybe later corrected.

About the Photographer Dan Johnston:
My journey into photography started late. I was already artistic. I started to look at Photography seriously while studying a Diploma in Visual Arts. With a teacher that believed to learn the art of photography. You had to learn to use a (Manual SLR) camera, to learn to “See the light”. Frowned on was the Autofocus system.
It didn’t take long till I was hooked. Inspired by the likes of Ansel Adams for bringing majestic power to a landscape and Henri Cartier Bresson for his streets photography, With his timing and execution and hidden storytelling.
As soon as I was confident in Film processing, I was ready to learn dodge and burn techniques with chemical manipulations in film processing.
Life got in the way, which led to a long hiatus of any photography. The age of the internet had opened many doors for social media. I was always interested in taking photography back up someday. So looking to expand from my art practices, It just fell into place.
You can follow his journey on Instagram @danjohnston_photography
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