In photography, RAW images are less popular since they require more touches before ready to use. Unlike JPG which basically is a portable format and can be open using regular image viewers, a RAW file need to be converted first since not all image viewers have the capability to open RAW. RAW is a proprietary format. Each camera brand has its own file extension of RAW.
RAW-formatted images are good for those who want to learn image editing. RAW images have better quality because no image information is compressed when you shoot in RAW. It’s different to JPG where some image information will be compressed. You can distinguish both formats by editing a single image over and over. Your RAW-formatted image will remain good in quality. Your JPG-formatted image will also (probably) remain looks good, but it will lose its quality.
If you recently want to learn editing RAW file but is too busy to go out for photographing, there are some websites where you can download some RAW images for free so that you can start learning immediately. Here is the list.
FixThePhoto is a professional photo editing company, which offers Photoshop services for all genres of digital photography since 2013. Here you can download free RAW photos that you use for training photo retouching skills or other personal purposes. Portraits, still-lives, product, real estate, baby, family, jewelry or wedding photos free and easy to download.
WeEdit.photos offers free male and female portrait photos for beginning photographers to train their skills in Photoshop or Lightroom. You can discover unique assets for your projects
Wesaturate is a new website which was launched publicly in last April 17. This website is dedicated for photography enthusiasts to share their shots — in RAW and JPG format — with the world. All images uploaded to this site are released under the Creative Commons Zero license which gives you freedom to use the images for any purpose.
To see if an image is available in JPG or RAW you can instantly check it underneath each image. No register is required to download images from this site.
Have been around since 2007, RAW-Samples is one of the best places if you need a RAW file to learn image editing, while you have no time to go out for photographing. This website comes with a very good navigation where images are gathered based on camera brand. Sadly, there is no preview available so you can’t see images forms unless you download them on your computer and preview them by yourself using your RAW viewer.
RAW-Samples is basically meant to help developers by giving them possibility to check their software with different camera-brands and models.
Anbeketova.com is basically a professional retouching service which focuses on portrait photos. But, the website also kindly offers free RAW files that you can download to learn image editing or other purpose. The RAW file — just like the service — is limited to portrait photo.
PhotoSerge isn’t also a purely RAW image provider. It’s a website where you can learn image editing online, handled by photographer Serge Ramelli. The photographer promises to give you free RAW images he use in his free tutorials if you sign up to his website.
Not all items available on this site are free, some are paid. But, if you want a free RAW images to start learning image editing you can visit retouchbox.com to get the stuffs you want. You need to create an account first in order to download the free box. RAW photos on this site are available on royalty free license. You can use the images for calendars, portfolio and posters other than for learning.