RAW or JPG

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Big Mike, Oct 7, 2004.

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Do you shoot RAW or JPG

  1. RAW

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  2. JPG

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  3. Say what? I shoot film!

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  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I was wondering this myself and another thread has sparked me to ask this...

    Do you DSLR shooters shoot in RAW? All the time or just some of the time?

    How often do you make prints? How often do you make large prints that would require you to start with a RAW file?

    Do most of your photos just end up on your computer and/or to be displayed on the web?

    Have you ever taken a jpg and later regretted it? Why?
     
  2. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    While you people are at it, could you just explain the difference to me? I don't really understand it!
     
  3. Ant

    Ant TPF Noob!

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    I shoot exclusively JPG.

    I'm not interested in printing large prints. I don't like doing a lot of post editing and, to be totally honest, I can't see that much difference in image quality if I select high quality JPG.

    If I shot in RAW I'd be doubling my storage space requirements without getting anywhere close to doubling the quality of the image.

    Still, it's a very subjective choice. Other peoples preferances will vary.
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I might not have the best explanation but...

    RAW is all the information that the camera can record...it's not compressed or changed. Some things can be edited...white balance for example.

    JPG...the file is compressed to save space. I think you can choose the level of compression. Some of the data is lost.
     
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    santino TPF Noob!

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    perfectly explained :thumbsup:
     
  6. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    I only shoot in raw, and I make prints of lots of my photos, up to 24x36. Quality is important. I also post process my photos to get the look I want,
     
  7. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    ok, so I don't shoot in RAW. Why? My xD Picture Card is too small for it... I have only 128 MB and 16 MB cards, and xD are one of the most expensive digi cards. To be honest I don't see a difference between raw and jpg on prints 20x30 cm.
     
  8. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

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    Hey, went ahead and made this a poll for you.

    I picked RAW. I can fit about 90 RAW shots on a 512 meg card.
     
  9. hobbes28

    hobbes28 Incredible Supporting Member

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    I don't have any choice. I've been bugging Kodak to update the firmware to let me shoot in RAW when I want to.
     
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    santino TPF Noob!

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    I voted film but if I had a DSLR with enough memory I would shoot in RAW :)
     
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    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    RAW for serious stuff!
    Higher JPEG for not so important "snaps".

    But is there really a mighty difference between a large print High JPEG and a large print RAW? I haven't printed a large one yet!
     
  12. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think this is the real question.
     

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