Author: Tony Colangelo
Sandy from Port St. Lucie, FL, writes:
“I’m new to real estate photography and I’m trying to wrap my head around so many things. I’ve watched a few YouTube videos where different people say that for real estate photography, you don’t really need to shoot in RAW because the image is only going to show up as a small photo on the listing. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m sorry if I’m asking a noob question but what do you think, should I shoot RAW?”
Thanks Sandy--and there’s no need to apologize. As more and more people get into real estate photography and turn to PFRE for insight and education, it's important that we re-visit core pieces, so that newer shooters can get some definitive help... and you’ve certainly touched on a core piece in your question! Like yourself, I’ve also heard some folks say that shooting RAW is unnecessary but I just don’t buy it. Personally, I don't see this as even being a choice, let alone discussed. There are simply too many advantages in shooting RAW that can't be ignored. These include:
The final point I want to make is a basic one, Sandy: If you’re going to be a professional photographer, then use the tools that will give you the best (and most professional) results. I know that I've only scratched the surface here and in fact, there are many other advantages of shooting in RAW, so I’m hoping others will throw in their two-cents. That said, I simply don’t see why anyone in our field would not want to shoot in RAW. Hope this helps, Sandy!
Tony Colangelo is a residential and commercial photographer, as well as a photography coach, based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a long-time contributor to PFRE and is the creator of The Art & Science of Great Composition tutorial series.