After 3 years of having a great camera and using manual, I’ve finally shot in RAW when we went to Banbury Michaelmas fair.

Did it make a difference?  Not to my eyes – my editing of my fair photos, didn’t make much difference to the good shots once I was comparing them edited to the jpeg versions. But for the photos that weren’t that great, it did make a little more difference in making them workable.  Maybe I need more work on my editing!   Some of my other shots were pretty good straight out of the camera – the long exposures of rides worked well.  But I quite like the unfocused look of this one.

I’m also using Polarr which is free rather than spending on Lightroom.  I’m due to start a flower photography class in a couple of weeks and for that there’s a lot of editing expected, so I’ll reserve judgement and see how they come out.

My Sunday Photo - Banbury Michaelmas fair dodgems

Dodgems at Banbury fair


  1. Such a fun action shot. I always shoot in RAW on my proper camera – there’s been a few shots that I’ve been able to rescue as a result of doing so as it gives me a little more leeway on the editing side. I agree with you though that if you can get the photo right when taking it, it makes life a lot easier but for me, it’s worth the extra steps involved with using RAW files.

  2. I’ve never heard of this before, but it sounds really interesting. The amount of photos I take each day I don’t think I’d have the storage space on my laptop or hard drive! I like the fuzzy motion effect of the photo, looks like a good result!

    • I know storage is always an issue. My normal jpegs are usually around 7-8mb, but RAW is over double that!

  3. That’s a fantastic shot and you’ve caught the movement and fluidity of it all so well. I’ve never shot in Raw and I still prefer auto to be honest. Flower photography sounds so good. All those water droplets…can never have too many 🙂

    • I think most of the flower course is more like studio fine art, although some next year is outside. I think with photos if you can get as much as possible right before taking the photo, and you don’t want to changeit too much, then RAW isn’t really needed. But we’ll see how it goes. I’m definitely going to need to be ruthless with deleting photos otherwise I’ll run out of storage

  4. I wouldn’t even know how to shoot in Raw or if it is an option on my basic DSLR so well done for giving it a go. I like the mood of a slightly out of focus shot, it works so well to show the action and movement in this one.

    • If you can work with the light you have, and don’t want to do fancy editing or corrections, then you don’t need it anyway imo.

  5. sarahmo3w

    Good luck with your photography course! This is a fab photo.
    (I don’t even know what RAW means!)

    • Better not to know. I generally don’t do fancy editing because I prefer a more real look for my photos, so the jury’s out on how much editing I’ll need to do to get tot what I want and whether the RAW format will be essential to do that

  6. Looks like a good action shot to me! Best of luck with the flower photography course. As for editing software, I personally think it;s worth paying for a good one, but that depends how seriously you have to take your photography. #MySundayphoto

    • Thanks John. Polarr was recommended by the course tutor as an alternative to Lightroom – it does everything except for the organisation and cataloguing. I can’t justify the ongoing cost of lightroom for ever, when I’ve got other tools I’m paying for, and my blog isn’t breaking even. So will see how polarr goes.

  7. Victoria Welton

    I always shoot in RAW and it took me a while to get used to the editing. This is such a great shot x

    • Just feels like a hassle with extra steps compared to the amount of editing I do now. Plus having to have a hard drive plugged in all the time. Will have to see how it goes.

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