When we first started out in Photography… we didn’t know a thing… We knew what a camera was but honestly that was about it. As for RAW, JPEG, f/stops, ISO and shutter speeds, well they were things that went straight over my head.
It takes some getting used to, learning that the smaller the f/stop number the bigger the aperture opened up and that allowed more light in and you got less depth of field. And the higher the f/stop, less light you got, so you needed a longer shutter speed. And that meant you got a greater depth of field.
But once you mastered that, then came the decision whether to shoot in RAW or JPEG or even both. Shooting in RAW increases the file size of each photo but it contains more detail… There are various articles covering this subject, but when we started out we shot in JPEG, and moved to RAW once we fully understood that you can regain much more detail of a picture that is shot in RAW.
Then came the software… oh my god there are so many programs out there that it can be a minefield at times, but I opted for Lightroom and Photoshop Elements and now for just under £9 a month I have the lastest Lightroom and Photoshop photography package from Adobe system.
Now what about those images that you take in JPEG Format… can you do anything with them in Lightroom? The simple answer is … YES YES YES.
This is straight out of camera picture of Big Ben shot in JPEG Format
I processed this photo in Lightroom, added graduated filters to the sky, decreasing the exposure, I then lowered the exposure of the photograph to give it a dark dismal day feel… added a light effect to each of the bridge lights and did some dodging and burning in places.
And this is the final image. So yes photographs that you have shot in JPEG can still be processed in Lightroom and you can get good results.