One of Many Benefits of Shooting in RAW








I am currently undertaking several projects.  One of which is to clean off my hard drives of images that belong in the trash, and let me tell you, there are many.  The other, building a professional portfolio.  I have quite an extensive collection of images which I have taken over the years.  Some are just taking up space on my hard drives, and others I actually love.

Since my knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop have grown over the years,  I am finding it invaluable to be able to go back to some of my favorites, hit the ol “reset” button in Lightroom, which reverts my RAW files back to their original state.  I can then apply my updated techniques to these images and come up with something that is worthy of being in my portfolio.  Now, had I shot all these images in JPEG format, this would not be possible.

Among other reasons, shooting in RAW has enabled me to greatly enhance and expand my existing body of work.

3 thoughts on “One of Many Benefits of Shooting in RAW

  1. Ahh yes, but what is trashable? Almost all of my images should be trashed from the viewpoint of wall worthy art. OTH, they are mostly of memories for which nothing else exists. Even the stuff of the grandkids – which images should be trashed. I’d rather not fight those batttles.

    With 1 gb drives running about $100 (or less) I’m not worried about it. My entire collection is appx. 35,000 images adding up to about 500 gb ±. Nope, ain’t gonna trash no images…..

  2. Hi Curt, thanks for adding your thoughts on the topic of trashing images. I am also very glad you took the time to visit my blog.

    While everyone certainly has their own opinions, I would have to agree with you about not trashing images which have sentimental value. Even if they are flawed. After all, you can’t go back and recapture them.

    The cost of hard drives storage these days certainly is affordable, and it doesn’t make sense to trash memories.

    What I am referring to are NOT memory makers. I am trashing images I will never look at again. They are either composition, exposure or focus mistakes. Not worth keeping or the use of disk space, not matter how affordable storage is 🙂

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