One of the most common arguments that comes up in discussions amongst camera Geeks is whether to shoot RAW or JPEG.
Its a well trodden path and the internet is littered with articles on the subject so lets move on to a practical example.
This photograph was taken at a One Direction Concert in Wembley Stadium in London on June 7th. The image above is the final version of the picture, shot with a Canon EOS M and then finished in Perfect Photo Suite.
Shooting at concerts is particularly challenging with ever changing lighting conditions and scenes with a very wide dynamic range. The task is not made any easier when you are using an EOS M.
I have for many years opted to shoot in both RAW and JPEG and in about 80% of cases the JPEG version is perfectly useable, particularly if post processing time is not on your side.
However if you ever wanted to understand the benefits of RAW when images need significant adjustment then take a look at the 2 screenshots below which are taken from my editing work in Aperture.
The shots above and below are screen grabs of the image when using the Loupe feature in Aperture.
When editing the image I wanted to reduce the overly exposed centre piece of the photograph (Niall Horan) by 2 stops.
As you can see, the JPEG version (above) has a number of blown out elements which simply cannot be recovered (the over exposure is effectively baked into the JPEG image).
However the RAW image, (although not perfect by any means) can be recovered to a much higher quality level and in the context of the overall image size is perfectly usable.