storing your photographs in raw format, for or against?
The RAW file is a way to record a picture just like JPEG and many others. The RAW file has the special feature of saving images in raw, original, unprocessed format. The RAW file is based on the digital negative of the photograph. It plays the role of a “container” which, contrary to all other formats including JPEG, will keep all the information from the photo, useful or not. It is then much more bulky, on average 4 to 6 times heavier than a JPEG.
why the craze for raw?
why don't we skip it?
But RAW does not only have advantages. As explained above, its weight is quadrupled or more. Many adjacent problems follow: long loading time, full SD cards, fast saturated storage…
RAW is incompatible with some retouching software, especially cheaper software and semi-professionals. Sharing is then more difficult: by using RAW, your correspondents may not be able to read your files. In addition, RAW is heavier than JPEG and it is not always possible to send your RAW photos by email. It is then advisable to always convert your files to JPEG before sending. This conversion is an avoidable waste of time if you work directly in JPEG.
RAW is also customizable: everyone can have a different RAW format, and not all cameras use the same variants. A current RAW variant will not necessarily be readable within ten years, unlike JPEG, which is more durable.