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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...

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