Originally Posted by INKMAN
What can you change in RAW that you can't in JPEG?
well, i guess you first need to understand what raw does vs what jpeg doesn't.
In its simplest form... a jpeg is a compressed file. meaning, your camera saves the file, throwing pixels away...essentially. So it gives you less to work with in post production. Jpeg isn't meant to be edited, thats what raw is for. RAW doesn't throw away the pixels. RAW actually isn't an image file at all, RAW is a text file. Thats why you can't open a raw image in a lot of applications. But raw, (.NEF for nikon or .CR2 for canon) is the raw image data, it doesn't throw away anything, it doesn't add any contrast or saturation adjustments (like jpeg does). When you put an un-edited RAW next to an un-edited jpeg, the jpeg will look better, raw photos out of the camera look flat, and ugly. But once you spend a little time editing a raw photo, it can look ten times better than that of a jpeg. I am a RAW fanboy, i am anti jpeg. Photography doesn't stop when you release your shutter button, photography is also how you create your images in post. Any film photographer that develops their own film will tell you the same thing. You have more control over what you're doing. Its like manual transmission vs automatic.... manual you control the car.. sorta make sense?