How To Shoot RAW

Shooting in RAW mode gives you better files, and more flexibility with your post processing. A lot is said about how fantastic RAW mode is. In fact, here are 10 reasons why you should be shooting in RAW! I’ve actually petitioned the High Council of Photographers to change the name to Awesome mode. Waiting to hear back.

Now you may be wondering how do you actually shoot in RAW? What does that even mean? What camera settings need to change? And then what on earth do you do with those weird files afterwards? Can you post them online? Print them? So many questions!

Well come with me, my friend, and I’ll show you everything you need to know to become a fancy RAW shooter. Just check out the video below, and all will be revealed:


Now I want to hear from you! Do you shoot in RAW? Do you find it makes a difference in how much post-processing you can do?

And if you don’t shoot in RAW yet, why not? Is there something about it that confuses you? Scares you? Are you afraid it will take more time?

Head down to the comments now and let me know what you think of RAW! Looking forward to chatting with you!

Lauren Lim

Hey friend, I’m Lauren! I’m a photographer and head ninja here at Photography Concentrate. I’m downright obsessed with photography, and love sharing it with super cool folks like yourself. When I’m not shooting, or writing, you can find me cooking (and eating!), traveling, and hanging out with wonderful people.

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11 Comments // Leave a comment

  1. AmazingAmy says:

    I would love to shoot in RAW but PhotoShop CS5 does not support RAW files. What other options do I have?

    • Lauren Lim says:

      Hey Amy! Good question! So to open up a file in Photoshop, you first need to use Adobe Camera RAW, which is a program that is included with Photoshop. It does the initial conversion into a file format that Photoshop can handle!

      The other option is to use Adobe Lightroom, which is the RAW editor that we love!

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you still have questions!

      • AmazingAmy says:

        That is super helpful. I didn’t know about the Adobe Camera RAW. I’ve been wanting to make the switch to Lightroom for a while now. Thank you very much :)

    • Sureshreddy says:

      Use adobe dng converter
      To get better results ☺️

  2. I am a newbie in photography but I try to be better at it by listening to the pros, and that is why I now shoot in RAW. I’ve recently shot a friend’s wedding (I am not in anyway a professional wedding photog but my friend requested due to financial constraints). The light in the church and reception was terrible. After importing the pictures on LR, boy, I was real glad I switched to RAW.

  3. I would love to shoot in RAW – but my camera takes so long to save an image shot in RAW. Is there any way that I can speed that process up? I have a Sony Cybershot (DSC-F828). It is about 10 years old, still takes great photos. And yes, I know, outdated. Hoping to get a replacement camera this year, and keep this as a backup camera.

    Thanks for any help that you can give me!!


    • Lauren Lim says:

      Hey Cathy! So you could try using a card that has a faster read/write speed, and that might help! But I suspect that you’ll be running up against the limitations of the camera. Worth a shot though, especially if you can borrow a faster card from a friend to test it out!

  4. I have be trying my hand at shooting in raw format with my NEX-6. My problem is that I have an older computer that runs Vista (yes, there are some old machines still out there.) Unfortunately neither Lightroom nor Photo Shop run on Vista, so I am using Paintshop Pro 6 which has a raw converter. Sony also has a raw converter that came with the camera. I know that neither of these converters are as effective or flexible as Lightroom. Do you have any suggestions? Should I bother shooting in raw until I can get a new laptop? Also, do you know of any good tutorials on using Paintshop Pro?

    • Hi Marjorie!

      One thing you could do is shoot in raw+JPEG mode (which will capture both a raw file simultaneously with a JPEG). So even if you can’t use the raw file right now, when you do upgrade your computer you’ll be able to use all those raw file (and for now you can use the JPEG).

      Unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations on Paintshop Pro tutorials.

      Rob :)

  5. Donna Wayne says:

    Thanks for the walk through. I have been learning about RAW recently, and so far I have been really liking it. I only have a small point and shoot camera, but the quality of picture I get is great. But your tutorial was very thorough and helpful for newbies like me. I also found this post really helpful: It also has some great basic info and shows some examples of what can be done with RAW images.
    Thanks again for your post!

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