Another RAW question?

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  1. Hardrock

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    So I have been debating myself about shooting in raw. From what I've googled and read other than the ability to change WB the images will actually be sharper? Is that a true statement? If so I think I will begin to shoot in raw. I don't shoot raw now because of the extra hassle but maybe it will be worth it? What do you guys think?
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    They will not be shaper if you don't sharpen them. The JPGs will have in-camera sharpening applied to them, with RAW - you have to do that.

    RAW is still better, IMO. There are very few cases where JPG will be better than RAW.

    It just takes a few extra minutes in whatever RAW processing software you use.
     
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    meh, I wouldn't think so.

    Inherently a raw would be less sharp, because with a jpeg they are being sharpened in camera. That being said it is probably possible to use a better sharpening method with PS that will result in it being sharper than with a jpeg out of camera. But, I don't think a RAW is inherently sharper.
     
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    lol, just beat me.
     
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    Thanks guys, I guess I really just need to try it out and compare a raw and jpeg for myself.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    One thing to remember is that RAW will come with some pretty average defaults for a lot of the software. I spent many weeks fine tuning and tweaking Lightroom and now really the photos *do* look better than the JPEGs from my camera.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There is definitely more to a RAW workflow, than there is to a simple JPEG workflow. But the many people who consider it an extra hassle, probably don't have a good idea about the workflow.

    For example, using Photoshop or just the camera's included software, can sometimes make your RAW workflow, slow and tedious. But a program like Lightroom can make it so, so much easier.
     

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