100% NIKON 100% INDEPENDENT
Here’s a cautionary tale: many years ago, long after I’d taken up photography but before I knew any better, I was lucky enough to travel to New Zealand for five months, ostensibly to write and shoot features for newspapers back home. I invested in a full-frame body, a couple of pro-quality lenses and a fistful of filters – and then proceeded to spend the next five months shooting the
world’s most spectacular scenery in… JPEG. Even now, I’m not sure what I was thinking. Perhaps I reasoned that because the features were destined for newspapers that RAW image quality wasn’t important. Or, more likely, I was slightly unsure of RAW files, both in terms of the benefits they bring and, to be honest, what to do with them. What I hadn’t appreciated was quite how much my skills would improve, both in-camera and in Photoshop, and indeed how much Photoshop
would improve. I look at many of the images I took on that trip and wish I’d shot them in RAW. I thought they were fine back then, but looking at them now, I realise how much better they could be. The lesson is this: even if you’re not sure about RAW now, one day you will be, so do yourself a favour and set RAW+JPEG the next time you’re shooting something important. To find out why, simply turn to page 72 for the
best explanation of the benefits of RAW we’ve ever read – I guarantee it will change the way you think about RAW forever...