I shoot many editorials, and I used RAW format very rare for that, due to several reasons.

My logic was that I need to shoot many pictures of the same event, so I would have many photos and JPG format suits better for than because files are smaller. Another reason was that people normally shoot RAW because they do a lot of editing which is very limited with regard to editorial photos.

Last week in Moscow was full of events related to 70th anniversary of Victory Day celebrations in 1941-1945 war, and I decided to try shooting RAW taking into account that this event is too important to make any mistakes while shooting it, and I want good photos of these events for my personal archive.

Actually I discovered that I was wrong earlier not using RAW format for events.

In particular, I came to conclusions that:

- shooting events in RAW is similar to shooting using a film camera (in a good way, I mean). Though I take fewer photos in general, I take less similar photos, so I have more different ones. This is positive in many ways, for example, very similar photos will not be accepted by Dreamstime anyway;

- if lighting conditions are poor, RAW files are more “flexible” than JPGs in terms of potential lighting corrections;

- the quality of the picture itself is definitely better – it’s cleared and more realistic, I would say. This is important for me when I shoot editorials as I want my photos to reflect the event in a real way, not in “magical”, “fairy” “retro” or smth.

- the last, but not least – all files I submitted for review are approved by Dreamstime! 100 % approval – WOW! And I have a possibility to upload RAW files additionally together with JPGs already online.

I know that my thoughts on RAW are nothing new, but I decided to share them hoping that they might be useful for those Dreamstime colleagues who has not tried this format for editorials yet – I would definitely recommend to get this experience!

Ekaterina Bykova

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June 02, 2015


I shoot in both. RAW gives you greater control and higher control. But then again it hinges on your software skills a lot. Occasionally, I do find the jpg generated by the camera to be good enough.

May 13, 2015


Only RAW for a TOP quality images. Single RAW file is like a stack of JPGs. Happy shooting:)

May 13, 2015


Thank you all for your feedback and opinions shared!!!! I really appreciate that!

May 13, 2015


Great photos, Ms. Bykova. I've always submitted photos in JPEG format, not having seen the option to do so in RAW. I have the option to do so in Addition to JPEG, but not JUST RAW. Guess I'll have to look around on my other submissions.

I really like the shot of the two women and the closeup on the gentleman. Good composure and nice colors.


May 13, 2015


For the last ~3 years I"m shooting only RAW. When the memory cards and HD discs are so low I can't think about missing a shot due to lack of space. With LR the editing and exporting is so easy it only make sense to shoot this way.

Before that I used to shoot RAW+jpg, now that I upgraded my PC and the processing is so fasr I neglected the jpgs.

May 13, 2015


You are right, even if I tend to shoot JPG in these days. Not because I'm lazy editing each shot, but my eyes are getting a bit old and I can't spend much time looking at the monitor!

May 13, 2015


That's great! I am always using RAW format shooting.

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