Upon our return from our vacation, my wife, who had been using one of my compact cameras set use RAW, commented "these photos aren't any better than JPEG" ! Well, she is correct. While most professionals will encourage people to shoot in RAW mode, the actual photographs are little different from JPEGs straight out of the camera. The difference lies in the ability to process the photos in editing software. JPEG photos are digitally compressed in the camera and thus do not contain all of the information contained in a digital RAW file. Thus there is more latitude in editing software to adjust colour, brightness, saturation and contrast for RAW files. That is why is it better to shoot in RAW and then store the final edited image as a smaller JPEG or TIFF file.
I am a retired IT professional. I use my spare time by travelling and taking photographs. I love wildlife and history.