As a new wedding photographer bursting out into the scene, you have probably encountered this argument over and over again at some point. There is always that ongoing rivalry between shooting in RAW and shooting in JPEG. A majority of the professional wedding photographers in field are favoring shooting in RAW and they will back that up any day of the week. What is important is that you understand that above all, the quality of the pictures that you take should come on top of the list.
So what exactly is the RAW format all about and what is so great about it that photographers everywhere and just raving all about it? It is basically a file format that has all of the image data originally recorded by the sensor of the camera the moment that the photo has been taken. Just back up a little and let that all sink it. One closest comparison is basically you being able to project exactly what you are seeing down to the smallest details (even the elements that you do not consciously see) to another person. This speaks volumes about how high quality the photos can turn out to be.
Less memory space
Whenever you shoot in JPEG, in its goal to make sure that it does not eat up too much memory space, it sacrifices image quality and most of the data or information that comes with the file ends up being compressed or just downright lost. RAW files do no such thing and they have all of the information intact. It means you get images that have higher quality and it also means that you can easily fix any flaws if there are any.
RAW also offers the highest levels of brightness out there
Levels of brightness refer to the number of steps it takes to take an image from black to white. The more levels of brightness you get, the smoother the transition, and the higher the quality of the photo. A smoother transition is always a good thing in photography talk. Just for you to be able to get things into perspective, a JPEG file has 256 levels of brightness. On the other hand, a RAW file can have anything from 4,000 all the way up to 16,000+ levels of brightness. The difference is huge. Those levels of brightness basically lets you afford way more options in brightness, contrast, fill light, exposure, recovery, and so on and so forth.
This means that you will be able to correct any possible flaws without that much difficulty and you will be able to fix a prevalent issue called posterization (similar to what you see in bible book pictures when the lights band together in the sky) which makes your print photos look icky.
You cannot afford that kind of risk of quality whenever you have something as important as paying clients involved. Quality should be your main benchmark as a Suffolk wedding photographer and should be prioritized over all of the other things out there. There is no point in applying so much technique in your shooting style if your images basically just come out looking blah.