Robert from Alabama writes:
I'm relatively new to photography in general but the real estate side of things is really starting to pick up. I find myself shooting 4-6 homes per day and it's starting to take a toll on my storage devices. Do I really need to shoot RAW or will JPEG suffice?
If you've ever googled the topic "RAW vs JPEG," you'll see that there are only 39,900,000 results! It's obviously a hot topic. Robert's question has given me the perfect excuse to share an in depth article that long time PFRE member/contributor John McBay has written. In this article, John covers pretty much everything you need to know when discussing the topic of RAW vs JPEG.
A quick word from John:
Like most things in photography (and in life), the choice to shoot RAW images or JPEG images depends on a number of different factors. In this discussion, I will describe and elaborate on the advantages and disadvantages of each and the reasons why you might want to shoot one versus the other. While this discussion, by necessity, delves into certain technical issues, I will attempt to keep it from disappearing down a black hole of details. I have greatly simplified the more technical stuff wherever possible.
Learn how to convert RAW into JPG in Lightroom here.