There has been a long standing argument about whether or not a wedding photographer should shoot his wedding photo gigs in RAW format or not. New photographers sometimes wonder why the more experienced and veteran ones in the field seem to really stand for this particular kind of method when it all comes down to it. This argument is actually pretty plausible. After all, RAW, when pitted against JPEG, do have their own pros and cons. But let us just focus on the RAW files for now since the JPEG discussion basically warrants a completely different article.
So you are probably wondering what it is about RAW that makes it so special. Well technically speaking, RAW is a file format. It captures all of the data of the image that has been recorded by the sensor of the camera. It means that all of the information in the file is complete and intact. JPEG files on the other hand, are not as comprehensive as the RAW files. JPEG has the tendency to compress the file in order for it to be able to save memory space and it tends to lose a lot of the information in the process. The reason why RAW is so great for wedding photography is because of the fact that because all of the information is still pretty much complete, you will be able to possibly correct any flaws that may be in the images.
High levels of brightness
You get to record higher levels of brightness if you shoot all of your images in RAW. What levels of brightness means is the number of steps that is required to take an image from black to white. The higher the levels of brightness, the smoother the transition is and the higher quality you get for the images that you produce. Just to help you wrap your head around why RAW is such a big deal in terms of quality, the levels of brightness that RAW images offer is anywhere from 4,000 to 16,000 or more whereas the levels of brightness being offered out by JPEG images is only limited to 256. That in itself is an extremely huge deal. It will get you a lot of adjustments and options such as contrast, recovery, brightness, fill light, exposure, and so on and so forth.
You will be able to easily fix any flaws in your images. The thing with wedding photography is the fact that you will always aim to get the best exposure for your camera. This can be a bit of a challenge because in events like these, things and people tend to move fast. You will either end up with an over exposed image or an under exposed one. None of the two will bid well for your images. If you would like to be able to recover any blown highlights or any clipped shadows or anything like that, then RAW is definitely the best way to go. It is one of the most important first steps to do so make sure that you make the right choice.