why wouldnt i use raw....

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  1. rdzmzda

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    i was reading a post on here earlier and got to thinking....why wouldnt i use raw...the flexibility it gives you to modify everything ok granted the files are huge...but memory and space is not even remotely an issue for me....im not a huge photoshop guru by any means but man is there something about raw that im missing?
     
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    If you're a purist and don't care for editing or if you're new and don't realize that you can: then you don't shoot Raw.
     
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    I set my camera to .jpeg only when we travelled to Turkey and I feared I might run out of memory too fast. I could have left it all on RAW, had I known that DH would bring his notebook along. But then he quite enjoyed to be able to look at photos even while we were still there (on something larger than the camera display) ... but, oh well. Those photos worked out fine enough as .jpegs, too.

    But when I know I can download my pics from the camera any time, I'd never want to do anything but RAW anymore. I feel that with the possibilities I now have (ever since I've discovered RAW, and I do admit it has taken me a long, long while, too, to really find out about its advantages), my photos become even more my photos now.

    The so-called "purists" also rely on settings that some camera technician felt were the best average settings for each and every camera of their brand, so someone had decided on some parametres that now determine what their photos look like after they have pushed the button, too...
     
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    Jpeg is most valuable for people who are working on a tight deadline and need to file photos as fast as possible.
     
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    That much is true, too, tsaraleski!
    If you have to have your pics ready (maybe even printed) before the day's done, you might be better off using .jpeg.
     
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    haha im so not a purist....i can appreciate the essence of such things but not matter how crafty u are with a camera and filters and lighting etc...there are things u can do to a raw image that u can never achieve the other way....im to artsy to be purey :D haha....
    i shoot both jpeg and raw just so i can compare and see if i even like what the camera told me i should have :D
     
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    I don't know about other cameras but that doesn't hold true on my D40, I shoot raw+jpeg and all the photos have a little sharpening and saturation enhancement applied by the camera. If I was just shooting jpeg there would be nothing I could do about it, (or if there is I haven't found that camera setting yet), with Raw I can take it back out then start afresh with a completely Raw image.
     
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    Easy. Speed. As a sports photographer, if you do NOT have time to wait for the camera to flush 17 RAW files, and instead need a continuous buffer of JPEG images, then you are going to shoot JPEGS. Same with any action photography where the action may well spill past 6FPS/17 Frame Buffers.
     
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    I am so freaking amazing with a camera I should be getting paid millions. I seem to be the only one who can edit a JPEG image. Everyone else says "impossible" or "nothing you can do" if you have a JPEG image. Yet here I am on the computer every night editing JPEGs, adjusting white balance, exposure, highlights and shadows, and sharpening. It's a good thing that there is only 1 of me around or all the "professionals" who shoot RAW because it's "impossible" to edit a JPEG would be out of a job....

    Sheesh....
     
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    It is not impossible. It is however much easier and non destructive than working from a RAW file, as with a JPEG you are editing an actual image. With a RAW file you are adding your tweaks into the recipe before the image is spit out. In certain situations sure the difference will be minimal, but if we were to rate the two formats using a latitude scale in regards to their utility, then yes the RAW format wins out.
     
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    Yup, I never said my working with JPEG files is better or easier or less destructive. But everyone who mentions RAW always states "impossible" or "can't be done" or other combination of false statements.

    It's just constant inaccurate statements being "taught" to new people who come to the threads mentioning RAW when they have no clue what RAW even is. Saying "impossible" is not the same as saying "it is easier and less destructive with RAW".

    After a year of this forum, it's getting to be a bit of a pet peeve of mine the constant saying that it's "impossible" to edit a JPEG.
     

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