What RAW Will Get You

A lot of people are confused when it comes to RAW vs. JPG, so I just wanted to show you a quick before/after of what kind of dynamic range you can get out of RAW. The before is what it looked like out of the camera, while the after is with the exposure boosted. And while I'd never publish the "after" without some serious post-processing to clean up the banding and noise, you can clearly see that an amazing amount of detail and color information is hidden away in the dark areas of the photo. I, of course, settled on a more sensible final exposure that is more interesting than the "after" shot.

before
after