Light on Fence Adjusted RAW

My Sunday Photo – RAW or JPG

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled RAW or JPG

I have had the pleasure of playing with the excellent Panasonic Lumix TZ110 for the past few weeks. It is fair to say that I have been impressed by its capability. The TZ110 has performed well in a range of different conditions and regularly produces fantastic JPG photos straight off the camera.

Like many cameras these days, the Panasonic TZ110 is able to simultaneously generate a RAW file. I think this is incredibly valuable. If you are willing to take a little time to learn some basic photo editing skills, that RAW file can take your already excellent pictures to a whole other level.

Late yesterday afternoon I glanced out the back window and saw a sharp shaft of light cutting through the heavy shadow on the back fence. It immediately caught my eye – there was something extremely aesthetically pleasing about the sharp diagonal line of light and the way it cut across the shrub. I ran and grabbed the TZ110. I was sure that it would do a great job of capturing all of the detail in the highlights and the lowlights. Sure enough, this is what it produced.


Unedited JPG photo of light on fence
The unedited JPG file, straight from the LUMIX TZ110.


I liked the photo and it came out as I knew it would, full of detail. But when I first saw the shaft of light, it was the great contrast between the light and dark parts of the fence that really grabbed my attention. I wanted to accentuate that contrast and really show off that shaft of light. This is where RAW comes in. A few simple alterations to the balance between the light and dark areas of the picture in a photo editor, and some other minor tweaks to colour and clarity, and this was the result…


Light on Fence Adjusted RAW
The adjusted photo

This was much more like the image I had in my mind’s eye when I rushed upstairs to grab the camera. You could argue that it isn’t an exact representation of what I actually saw, and you would be right. However, the second photo is much closer to making me feel what I felt when I first glanced out my window. It is a much better representation of how interesting and engaging that shaft of light was when I fist saw it. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t look twice at that first picture. The second one grabs my attention, it makes me really see that pop of green on the plant. It invites me to explore the shadows.


The ability to take RAW and JPG photos simultaneously is handy to have. After all, you don’t want to be adjusting and converting several thousand photos after a family holiday (unless you are a sucker for punishment, like I am. That reminds me, I still haven’t finished that Japan photo album!). It allows you to have the bulk of your photos ready-made for printing or sharing on social media, but it also gives you the option to play with a select few of your photos and make something special.

The downside (there is always a downside) to shooting in RAW is the file sizes. the JPG of this photo is 6.48 MB, while the unedited RAW file is 22.3 MB. Taking a lot of RAW photos quickly drains space on your camera’s memory card, and on your computer’s storage. I would highly recommend investing in high-capacity memory cards and a decent home storage setup if you are planning on seriously getting into RAW files.


What do you think? Is the first picture better because that’s exactly what the camera produced, or is the second more captivating, even though you know it has been heavily edited? Do you think RAW photos are worth the effort?



Disclosure – Panasonic provided Blog Of Dad with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110 for the purpose of review. The views expressed in this post are entirely my own, based on my experiences with the Panasonic LUMIX TZ110. For further information, please visit my disclosure statement.



7 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – RAW or JPG

  1. You can shoot in RAQ and Jpeg at once? That os awesome actually. That would prove very useful. Love your second image, by the way. I can clearly see the concept you had in mind. #mysundayphoto

  2. I always shoot in RAW, in fact, I only shot in RAW. I have even set up my phone to do this too. The detail and information stored this way are incredible and you can almost save any photo with a bit of editing.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    1. Yes, I always shoot in RAW too. I like editing photos, but I can imagine it might be a little overwhelming for some. My phone doesn’t do RAW (that I know of). That would be handy!

  3. I shoot with both too. I’m lazy and don’t want to be editing every single photo I take to put on the blog or days out for photo albums. I use RAW for any specific photos I’ve taken for the purpose of doing something with them, or where I needed to underexpose to edit it properly afterwards. But as I generally only touch up photos, I find that there’s often not much difference between my jpeg and edited RAW photos, so why bother!

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