This is a very easy to understand guide to shooting photos in RAW vs JPEG.

When I picked up my E-PL5 last year someone told me that I should shoot in RAW + JPEG simultaneously. And so that’s what I set my camera to do. But I had no idea why. Well, it turns out I don’t need to be doing that.

One of my favorite parts of photography is the editing. I use Lightroom 4 and the VSCO Film packs. And so my photography “workflow” looks something like this:

Take pictures → import to Lightroom → edit → export my favorites.

Since I’m processing all my photos through Lightroom and then exporting my favorites, there’s no need for me to have JPEG and RAW versions of the original files. So, I’ve set my camera back to just shoot RAW, and I used Hazel to sift through all the photos I’ve taken in the past year and pull out all the JPEG files (which just rescued about 12GBs).

RAW vs JPEG: The Ultimate Visual Guide