Do you ever wonder why JPEGS are so widely used and beloved by photographers, graphic designers, and everyday users alike? The answer lies in the format’s ability to strike the perfect balance between file size and image quality. JPEGS, or Joint Photographic Experts Group, are a versatile and efficient file format that compresses images without sacrificing too much detail. In this blog, we will explore the many reasons why JPEGS are so good and why they continue to be the go-to choice for sharing and storing images online. Whether you’re a novice photographer or a seasoned pro, understanding the benefits of JPEGS will enhance your digital imaging experience.


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Understanding the Benefits of JPEGs

Video going in anyway viral so imagine most of you will watch it in its first few days but at least a handful of you will see it probably after that at a time there’s nothing like New Year and therefore I should probably talk about something else maybe photography related

Given that this is a photography channel JPEGs now if you’ve been around digital photography for any amount of time you’ll know that JPEGs in the photography community have a bit of a bad rep and typically what you’ll find from most photography instruction is that people will tell you that you

Should you should shoot RAW as opposed to JPEG if you don’t know the difference RAW images they’re basically a file full of data that’s yet to be processed it’s kind of like having loads of ingredients that you haven’t cooked you and you can do what you want with those ingredients

Benefits of Shooting RAW and JPEG

To end up with lots of different meals so you can bring down the highlight to pull up the shadows completely change the white balance do loads and loads of stuff because there’s lots of data within that file a JPEG has already been processed and therefore there’s less you

Can do with that file because lots of the data has been thrown away in order to compress that file so a JPEG is just much less versatile than a raw file and for that reason people suggest that you should shoot raw now most of the time I

Roll myself but sometimes I shoot raw plus JPEG particularly when I’m shooting people and the reason that I bother doing that is to do with editing so you know when you’re watching TV and you might be eating at the same time as watching whatever’s on TV but whatever

Is on TV is super engrossing to the point where you finish your food but you don’t even know what you’ve had because you already tasted it all you’ve been doing is just watching the TV and not concentrating on anything else it’s like when I watched Jurassic Park I get so

Engrossed in it that I genuinely become concerned about dinosaurs now I found that most photographers that I’ve met whether they’re just starting out in a photography journey or their experience specials getting grossed to exactly the same level when they’re studying their photos and editing them and the problem

With doing that is that you can kind of we can lose perspective and when I’m editing photos and on that deep into the photo I kind of forget about all the reality that surrounds that photo and the problem with that is that you end up sometimes with a photo that doesn’t look

Real in any way because you’re so engrossed in what you’re seeing in front of you that you forget what’s real like the dinosaurs so yeah that is a particularly common problem particularly to people who are new to editing photos you’ve all seen photos that you’ve edited earlier in your photography

Journey and thought oh my word what was I thinking so there are a couple of suggestions to avoid this the first is to never ever ever do anything with your photos immediately after you’ve finished editing them finish editing a photo go away and bake a cake or something come

Back to it and reassess what you think of it when you’ve had a dose of reality again and regardless of how experienced you are you might be surprised just how many times you get back to your desk and find that the photo you edited that you thought look good actually looks

Underwhelming or over edited so yeah don’t put your photos on your website or any social media immediately after editing them the trouble with that process is that you have to keep coming back to your computer and baking lots and lots of cakes and it all takes a lot

Of time the other thing that I like to do especially as I said when I’m editing portraits because the skin tones and stuff is I like to have a JPEG in view while I’m editing a raw file because for all their faults JPEGs typically have

Had lots and lots of work put into them by the camera manufacturers in terms of processing the algorithms that go into those JPEGs and more often than not they look two things they look vibrant and realistic and even if you want to take your edit in a completely different

Direction to the JPEG that you have it can serve as a great reference point for what is real and it can help you one can help you not lose touch with with reality so how does that look in reality well can work a few different ways to be

Honest you could print out a JPEG and just have it somewhere about your your desk way editing a photo you could have the JPEG on your phone or you could do what I like to do in Lightroom which is use reference view so if you’ve not used reference view before basically enables

You to have two files side-by-side in the develop module so that you can look at a JPEG in theory and look at a rule while you’re editing it both at the same time and I’ll show you how to do that so basically go to the develop module you

Need the toolbar open so if it’s not press T on your keyboard I think it is and in this corner down here you’ll see an R and an a and that stands for reference and active if you click that like so you are well actually I’ve ended up with the JPEG is the

Active one which I don’t want I want the I want the raw as the active which I’ve just done and then I can drag this JPEG file into the filmstrip and why is that a different size hmm okay there we go so now I have a JPEG as

A reference file and the raw file as my active violin I can start to make adjustments to the raw file as I see fit like so now maybe that my dream final result is very close to how the JPEG came out but I’d always choose to edit

The raw file because then I can make tweaks from that JPEG much more easily not from the JPEG but things I see in the JPEG can be tweaked much more easily in the raw so if I want to bring down the vibrance or whatever it might be so

I’ll always edit the raw file and I can do all that at the same time as having the JPEG for reference right next to the file but I’m editing and that has been a real godsend to be honest over the last couple years I’ve been using this

Because well as I say particularly with people when you’ve got skin tones and you edit them enthusiastically they can very quickly look horrendous so yeah that’s reference view and that’s why I use it and why sometimes I shoot raw plus JPEG and if you’re a beginner photographer I recommend doing this all

The time I do love that photo of Emily took it in Australia in the Aravalli just just over a year ago in 2018 though which makes it seem longer ago because it 20:18 announced the start of 2020 you don’t care anyway thanks for watching hopefully that was useful and thanks to

Lumix and yg9 for sponsoring this video.


  • What is a JPEG?
    A JPEG is a commonly used image file format that uses compression to reduce file size without significantly compromising image quality.
  • Why are JPEGS so popular?
    JPEGS are popular because they strike a good balance between file size and image quality, making them ideal for sharing images on the web or through email.
  • Are JPEGS suitable for all types of images?
    While JPEGS are great for photographs and intricate images with many colors, they may not be the best choice for images with transparency or sharp edges, such as logos.
  • Can I edit a JPEG file?
    Yes, JPEG files can be edited, but each time you save a JPEG file, there is some loss of image quality due to compression. It’s best to save a copy of the original file when making edits.
  • How can I ensure the best quality when saving a JPEG?
    When saving a JPEG, you can adjust the compression level to balance file size and image quality. Higher compression means a smaller file size but potentially lower image quality, so it’s important to find the right balance for your needs.

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