There are several digital file formats for our images, JPEG, is default on most cameras and smartphones. Then we have – RAW – a format that allows more quality and control over your photo.
When buying a more advanced camera, you will usually have an option to choose between JPEG and RAW in settings configuration.
The difference between the RAW format and the JPG format is that the RAW format records everything the camera saw, while the JPG has another step: before saving it to the memory card, the camera interprets the information and compresses everything into a smaller file.
Therefore, the RAW file allows us the freedom to process and interpret the image, while the JPG file is already processed and interpreted by the camera.
Keep in mind that RAW file is not a ready photo, you’ll not be able to post a photo in RAW format in your blog or social media. You will need a software, such as Lightroom, in order to process the photo, and then save a copy in a more user-friendly format (like the JPG itself).
If you are new to Lightroom or even Photoshop (+Adobe Camera Ram Plugin), you have some basic programs that can open RAW files, such as iPhoto or Picasa.
If you still don’t know which one is best for you then we suggest you simultaneously save both files JPEG and RAW by simply choosing from the camera menu the option of RAW+JPEG. Yes, this will take up more space but it will give you the freedom to experiment both format files.