Sample DNG (RAW) file vs. JPEG

There are countless pages dedicated to this topic so I won’t rehash too much of that. One of reasons I choose to shoot RAW + JPEG is that I have the headroom to recover my errors when shooting, specifically metering. This photo was a complete accident, but illustrates this point quite well.

The first image is a JPEG pushed to +5 stops in Lightroom.

The second image is a DNG (RAW) file pushed to the same +5 stops in Lightroom.

Neither photo is usable, but it does highlight just how much information is thrown out when compressed into a JPEG. *The photo was taken with the Ricoh GR in AV priority and saved as JPEG + DNG.

JPEG image pushed 5 stops in Lightroom.

JPEG image pushed 5 stops in Lightroom.

DNG (raw) file pushed 5 stops in Lightroom.

DNG (RAW) file pushed 5 stops in Lightroom.

Original image.

Original image.

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