RAW images face Worldwide Ban – Reuters
JPEGs only, please!
That’s what Reuters is asking for from freelance photographers going forward as it has implemented a new worldwide ban on photos processed from RAW files. The international news agency will now only accept photos that were originally saved as JPEGs. The email that went out from a Reuters picture editor reads:
I’d like to pass on a note of request to our freelance contributors due to a worldwide policy change.. In future, please don’t send photos to Reuters that were processed from RAW or CR2 files. If you want to shoot raw images that’s fine, just take JPEGs at the same time. Only send us the photos that were originally JPEGs, with minimal processing (cropping, correcting levels, etc).
If you aren’t familiar with photography, you might be asking: “so what?” By banning RAW files, Reuters is essentially emphasizing speed over quality as JPEGs can be transferred from the camera to the client significantly faster than RAWs (JPEGs are a smaller, compressed file size). JPEGs also don’t offer the same post-processing flexibility, so it’s now less likely that a photographer would have taken liberties in editing the photo — which could be used to distort the truth of the original image. This decision also encourages enthusiast’s to focus on camera and photography skills rather than photoshop magic.