Reuters Bans RAW Photography

  • Posted 30 months Ago

In an effort to present news scenes in an undeceiving manner, Reuters has apparently asked all of its freelance photographers to stop submitting RAW image files and to only submit JPGs.

A lot of photographers prefer to shoot RAW because it captures more data from the sensor, opening up the possibilities in post-production. JPGs, on the other hand, are smaller in file size and "lock in" the cameras settings, making it harder to adjust the image or change white balance errors. According to PetaPixel, the below note was sent to freelance photographers by a Reuters picture editor:


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).


PetaPixel also spoke to a Reuters spokesperson, who added:

"As eyewitness accounts of events covered by dedicated and responsible journalists, Reuters Pictures must reflect reality. While we aim for photography of the highest aesthetic quality, our goal is not to artistically interpret the news […] Speed is also very important to us. We have therefore asked our photographers to skip labor and time-consuming processes to get our pictures to our clients faster."

What do you think of the change? Is it taking things too far?