DSLRs that can shoot RAW images as well as the top of the line camera lenses are very expensive. These equipments cost tens of thousand of dollars. However if you are passionate about photography it’s hard to not be inspired to improve your photo editing skills which is equally as important as your practical photography skills. Having said that, you need to practice using RAW photos.

What is RAW?

RAW is an image file format that captures significant amount of data recorded by your camera’s sensor when you take a photo.

Most low-end cameras, or even a DSLR by default uses the format JPEG which compressed your image. The good thing about JPEG; you would be able to save a lot of storage space.

Why RAW instead of JPEG?

If you are serious about photo editing, RAW is the way to go. Why? Because of the dynamic range and the amount of data that you can recover. Since no information is compressed with RAW, you will be able to brighten up your photo in a way that isn’t possible with JPEG.

Have a look at an example of an underexposed photo I shot when I was in Barcelona. Simply edited just by bumping up the shadow and bringing down the Highlights.

Sagrada Familia Underexposed Photo Sample
Sagrada Familia Underexposed Photo Edited

We have compiled a number of websites where you could download RAW photos taken by expensive cameras.

Here is the list of great websites where you can download RAW Photos for free :

Wesaturate

WeSaturate

Unlike Unsplash, WeSaturate allows you to download the RAW version of a photo. Not all photos are available in RAW but you could find some of them whenever there’s a RAW icon below the photo located next to the regular JPG icon.

An Beketova Website

An Beketova

Their main business is a professional retouching service which focuses on portrait photos. Modestly they offer free RAW photos you could download for the purpose to learn more about image editing.

Photoserge

Photoserge

A great website to learn about photo editing moderated by the great photographer Serge Ramelli. You need to sign up to his website in order to be eligible to download his free RAW images.

Retouching Academy Lab

Thanks to the professional Photographers networked with Retouching Academy Lab, Hana Gonzalez, Verginiya Yancheva, Isaac Ruiz, Tales Henn, and many more have granted the permission for you to user their amazing photos for practice. Note that these photos are solely for practice purpose and you need to credit the photographers should you decide to post them in your social media or website.

Can you shoot RAW on your iPhone? Yes, you can!

There are some apps that would allow you to do that, and the end products I’ve seen are just stunning! One of the apps is Adobe Lightroom CC for iOS. I’m sure you could do the same with other phones as well so be sure to download Adobe Lightroom CC and start capturing beautiful RAW images.

Do you know about any other websites to download RAW images? Please do share with us the links in the comment box below.