How to choose what is best for you? RAW or JPEG?!


Another frequent question i get asked and the most confusing one for most of the amateurs…

Many switch to RAW without fully knowing why while others keep shooting JPEG because it’s just plain easy…


Now shouldn’t you know why you’re doing what you’re doing?  


There are lots of situations where shooting in RAW is better BUT also many situations where you should choose JPEG.


Which Format Is The Better Format To Use?

An argument can be made for both formats. Some photographers will feel more strongly in backing the use of one versus another, but it is ultimately an individual choice.

Personally, I shoot RAW + L (large) JPEG as it provides me greater flexibility. For photographs that I’ve exposed correctly, JPEGs allow me a faster path to share images online and selectively use for printing. For photographs that I am interested in having published or printed, I begin my post-processing from the RAW file and make alterations in lossless file formats (TIF). The end result is the production of images that I feel are of the highest quality.


If you shoot hundreds or thousands of images in a day shoot JPG and don’t worry!




The Pros of RAW format:

  • RAW is a digital negative holding all of the data captured by your camera with no sacrifice of image quality.
  • RAW file software editors allow you to quickly and easily change the output of your image such as adjusting exposure, white balance, noise reduction, saturation, contrast, levels, curves, sharpness, output resolution, bits/channel, etc…


The Cons of RAW format:

  • RAW files take up more space…
  • RAW files require you to work with a raw editor then convert your image to an editable file type for editing, printing and/or online display.


The Pros of JPEG format:

  • JPEG is a file format that has been adopted as a standard and can be loaded in a variety of programs making display easy and simple.
  • JPEG files take up less space.


The Cons of JPEG format:

  • JPEGs are not a lossless file format. Each time the file is saved data is compressed, with some data being lost in the process. The net impact can be loss of color saturation, color range and sharpness.
  • JPEG files reflect a one-time interpretation of your subject based on the settings of your camera (white balance, exposure settings and output resolution, etc.). Altering these settings and re-outputting a new file, as you can with a RAW file, is not possible. What you capture is what you get.
  • With specific types of photographed scenes JPEG compression artifacts can appear in prints.


Now the decision is yours 🙂





How to get ready for a studio photoshoot!

First, think about what message you would like to put in your shooting…

Is there a specific theme or idea in mind? discuss it with the photographer first.

Do you want to be smiling or do you want to be moody and emotional?

Tip: Look at your past photos and see what works well on your body!

Now let us move on after selecting the theme or mood in the photoshoot to the details:

  • Clothes: First question: what should i wear? Make a good selection of clothes…
    • I always recommend to bring along a number of different outfits in various styles and colours.
    • All you intend to wear should be laid out, clean and ironed. wrinkle-free clothing will help make your photo much more professional.
    • No florals, or large busy prints. Plain colours are best.
    • Don’t wear tight clothes or bra prior to photoshoot since they leave strap marks and take a while to go away.
    • Accessories are the secret ingredient… I am sure you have enough accessories in your closet for this. Bracelets, hair clips, hats, rings, belts, glasses, earrings, etc…
    • Shoes: Think smart, what can suit many dresses, always bring both flat and heels.
  • Posing: Practice different poses in the mirror at home – different faces (smiling, seductive, happy, etc…).
  • Hair: Check your hair! If it has been a while since you had a trim, now is the time.
    • Do NOT arrive to your shoot with wet hair.
    • Bring a hair brush along as the photographer will want to show your hair off with various looks.
    • bring a couple of hair clips or rubber bands to put your hair up or in a different style.
    • Body Hair: Be sure to take care of all hair removal 2-3 days before your shoot appointment. This time is necessary to allow for any skin irritation to disappear before your shoot.
  • Makeup: Come to the shoot mostly made up.
    • Bring plenty of makeup with you for touch up.
    • You will also need to use an unusual amount of powder on your skin to kill the white shining skin.
    • Lips: Avoid dry lips by putting Vaseline on your lips before bed and the morning of your photoshoot.
    • Eyebrows: Have your brows shaped.
    • Skin: Coconut Oil is great for keeping the skin glowing.
  • Nails: Take care of your nails. Be sure that your nails are neat and well maintained.
    • French manicure, light-pink, etc… look is preferable.
    • If you plan on posing barefoot, be sure your feet and toes are in good condition.
    • Be careful your nails colour does not detract from you and your face.
  • Perfume: If you wear perfume to the photoshoot (not recommended), make sure it’s very light. Photographers studios are not always large and strong perfume will overwhelm the photographer.

Do NOT forget to:

  • Eat: Eat something light before the photo shoot so you’re not hungry during the shoot. you will look better, be more focused and have the energy throughout the shoot.
    • Water: drink plenty of water starting a week in advance of your photoshoot. This will hydrate your skin.
  • Rest: Get plenty of rest the night before the photoshoot. your energy will shine through in each pose!
  • Music: Bring your own CD. The music you like to listen to will help you relax.
  • Be on time 🙂