RAW Users Please Look!

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by almo, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. almo

    almo TPF Noob!

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    Ok I am gearing up for the switch to I would saw at the least 95% RAW shooting, but I have some questions first, and I wanna get the answers from the people that use RAW themselves. Even better from those that made the begruging switch themselves.

    Ok here are my concerns.

    I have a file system set up that I really like, but I really don't think I wanna go mixing up RAW TIF & JPG's all over the place. Currently I have no separation because I have so few TIF or RAW files. The way i am set up at the file level looks like this:

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    As you can see I have my pictures floder sub cated by camera and then by subject types. Here is the thing that I am thinking. Am I going to need 3 D30 folders one for each file type? I don't mind that really. I just can't think of anything else.

    Then there is the conversion factor. I have PS& and no money, so PS RAW conversion software is out of the question. I am using the zoom browser and it seems to be doing ok I guess, but there isn't a way to fine tune before you convert so i have just been leaving everything in default and converting to 16bit TIFF's. This is a problem because 16 bit 3MP images are 18MB's and that is a lot to deal with. I only have 80 gigs to use up right now. What would be the difference in switching to using 8bit? I read that you should do all of your editing in 16 bit then convert to 8bit and leave it alone. Is this right?

    I am looking at switching up to a 6 or 8 DSLR pretty soon and those files are just going to be HUGE!

    Please give me some advice on this. I am getting more into macro and I am really starting to see the short comings of the JPEGs more then ever.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Onyx

    Onyx TPF Noob!

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    a 16 bit file has 65,536 tones per channel while 8-bit only has 256.;)
     
  3. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    If you're going to be shooting RAW why can't you just put them in the same categories as you already have? Why do you 'need' to seperate your file types? That might give us more ideas to give you as how to organise them.
     
  4. fadingaway1986

    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    I say just stick them in the same folders.

    I don't know anything about RAW as yet, so I can't help with the others
     
  5. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I file all the file types in different folders in the same subject folder.

    clients
    weddings
    john doe
    RAW
    edited
    web

    Check out Pixmantic's Rawshooters Essentials at

    http://www.pixmantec.com/index2.html

    With a DSLR you are going to fill up 80gb pretty fast. Start saving for another internal or external hard drive.
     

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