Shootin in RAW

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  1. Zoso

    Zoso TPF Noob!

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    Why should you, what are the benefits what exactly is so good about it?
     
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    you have much more control over exposure and other lighting settings when you come to "play" with your photos... also, you have maximum quality output..

    ill leave the rest for the experts to explain as im not a very technical person :p

    but you should look around google also.
     
  3. Zoso

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    no probs, thanks for the reply :wink:
     
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    Zoso......heres the ups and downs of it.

    You spent some extra bucks to get that 2 more Mp. camera. When you shoot in .Jpeg, your camera makes all kinds of decisions and instantly processes the file. The size of that file is nowhere near the 10.1Mp. you paid for. The camera threw away what it decided wasn't needed. Ain't no way to get it back. Also the .Jpeg is a "Lossy" format, each time you re-save you lose a bit more info.

    Now...same shot in RAW format will give you a 10.1 or larger file because the camera has given you and saved ALL of the information it acquired with NO internal processing. You have what is essentially a "Digital Negative". It is considered a "Lossless" format.

    The good part of RAW? You have 2 or 3 times the information to work with in post processing.
    If you mess up and need to start over you still have the RAW to use as a starting point.

    The not-so-good part of RAW? File size is much larger so you have fewer shots available on your CF card. It also eats up your in-camera buffer space so burst mode is limited.
    You use at least one extra step in your normal workflow. You need almost twice as much hard drive storage space (RAW file+ finished .Jpeg). Chances are you will need to buy some type of additional software.

    Personally I use both methods. If I drive 75 miles to a farm shoot and a "re-shoot" is not possible, I shoot everything in RAW. Customer from out-of-town, I shoot RAW.
    My standard event shots are in .Jpeg because they will probably only be printed out once or twice at most.

    Good Shooting to ya'
     
  7. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No tan lines. :)

    It also allows freedom to be more creative after the fact.
     
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    Thanks guys really helpful. Might need another CF card and external hard drive :thumbup:
     
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    Tell me about it. Backup hardware is essential though! I now have the following hards drives!

    1 x 200 Gb Internal Drive
    1 x 250Gb Internal Drive
    1 x 300Gb Internal Drive

    2 x 200Gb External Drives
    1 x 400Gb External Drive
    1 x 500Gb External Drive
    1 x 40Gb Epson P-2000
    1 x 30Gb Creative Zen Vision

    Total of 2.120Tb!! Everything is backed up.
     
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    Thanks for all the great info. I was just about to ask this same question but someone beat me to it.
     
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    My goodness that is alot of storage :)

    I have heard some photographers use those online storage places...the name escapes me at the moment. I have only used external drives myself but i wanted to ask.
     
  12. Zoso

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    hmm online storage wouldn't be a bad idea, risky though

    I have less than a gig left I'm in desperate need of another harddrive :cry:
     

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