RAW Image Format Banned Worldwide By Reuters
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RAW Image Format Banned Worldwide By Reuters

Last Updated on November 19, 2015 by PixelPluck

RAW Image Format Banned Worldwide By Reuters.

Reuters made some changes in its photograph policy for freelance photographers. Under new policy they have banned photos that were processed from RAW files. Photographers are required to send photos that were originally saved to their cameras in JPEG format. Reuters Photograph editor sent an email to freelance photographers announcing the new new policy. 

The announcement was made to freelance photographers this week via this short email from a Reuters pictures 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).

Photographers who were only shooting RAW must shoot in JPEG now but they may also shoot in RAW simultaneously. However only JPEG should be sent to the agency with minimum processing which may include basic adjustments and level correction. The decision should minimize the unethical processing and increase speed of work flow at the same time.

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.” – Reuters.

“Thomson Reuters is dedicated to upholding the Trust Principles and to preserving its independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news. Everything we do as Reuters journalists has to be independent, free from bias and executed with the utmost integrity.” You can read A BRIEF GUIDE TO STANDARDS, PHOTOSHOP AND CAPTIONS by Reuters here.

RAW Image Format Banned Worldwide By Reuters. What do you think about this move from Reuters? Let us know in comments below.


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  1. I disagree. I shoot RAW so I can get the right exposure. Make a mistake in jpeg and you have no useable photo. The Photoshop photo fakers created this situation.

    What they should’ve done is not allow compressed images which hides the different layers or even accept an original RAW from the photog and let Reuters fix it.

    I don’t believe in crating fake images like some do but if you have a spec of dust on your sensor, they won’t accept those either because you need the clone tool to fix it.

  2. എല്ലാ ചിത്രങ്ങളിലും ഒരു story ഉണ്ടാവും
    അത് വിശ്വസിക്കണമെന്കിൽ Raw format ൽ തന്നെ image capture ചെയ്യണം

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