Here’s an image that I shot while flying as a passenger in an Aeronca Super Chief on the north side of the Alaska Range. It’s one of my favorites of late, and it’s a great example of why I always shoot RAW in my digital photography.
I shot it with my Nikon D700, as a 14-bit RAW file, and processed the capture in Photoshop. The shot below is the same photograph, converted straight from the RAW file with no tonal correction, which approximates the results that I would have gotten if I had shot this image as a JPEG. Notice how much highlight detail I was able to recover in the shot, wonderful mountain and sky detail that would otherwise have been completely lost.
Shooting in RAW mode allows me to extract the maximum quality from my digital images.