Jpeg vs RAW!

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  1. zulu42

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    I shoot just raw. I shot raw + jpeg for a while but always just ignored the jpegs anyway.

    Sometimes I feel silly dragging the huge raw files around after a day of snapshots or when the bulk goes into the bin anyway. I am running out of storage.

    But a good number of my shots require the capabilities of a raw file. Sometimes I expose a shot counting on those raw file capabilities, or often I make a mistake in exposure and it is "raw to the rescue".


     
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    Jpeg, pffft. I don't even shoot Jpeg with my phone :/
     
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    Jpeg.
     
  4. JoeW

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    I used to shoot all RAW. Now, it depends.

    If I'm shooting stuff for my church (where they just need to document stuff), I usually shoot jpeg--in part because they want a fast turnaround. For instance, I shoot 120 pictures of the reception for the new associate pastor, they want the edits a day later (not 2 weeks later).

    But if I"m shooting a landscape, or anything were color is critical (say...autumn leaves) or high dynamic range (sand dunes at sunset for instance) or an interior (where I might stack images or go in and deal with that hot spot on the metal handle on the 3rd cabinet over the sink of that kitchen I just shot) then I shoot RAW.
     
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    This has been a very interesting post, I shoot RAW for everything except stuff thats not really for the serious images like posting an add on Kijiji or Craigslist ect... I don't exactly need a RAW file for that lol.
     
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    I have my camera set to take pics in RAW and Jpeg. I don't like having to convert every picture from raw to Jpeg so that it's accepted on websites. If I take what I feel is a worthy pic I will go with RAW. (if I think to)
     
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    I used to always shoot RAW with my Nikons and process in Capture NX2, with additional processing in Photoshop. I've had to move away from that workflow since moving to the D500 though. My D700 is the only body I have left that can still be processed in Capture. It's not that Capture is a good program, but it was at least able to accurately reproduce the Nikon colors.

    I have 4 cameras with 3 different RAW file formats: Nikon NEF (x2), Olympus ORF, and Ricoh DNG. I'm not really satisfied with what ACR does with the Nikon and Olympus files. DNG is native to Adobe, but they still manage to FU the Ricoh colors too... As a result, I've been moving more and more toward JPG shooting - I would say I'm about 50/50 at this point, depending on what I'm shooting and the intended final output.

    Adobe Color is an improvement, but still misses the mark a bit too much for my taste.
     
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    I'm like Soocom1 - Most of the time, if I'm trying to take creative "photographs" I shoot RAW mainly for the added information available in Lightroom editing. If I'm just shooting "snapshots" that I probably won't do a lot of editing on, like a birthday party or something, then I might shoot .JPG and not worry about post-processing too much.
     
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    I dislike JPGs because they do limit you in many ways and also have quality problems. They became the 'de-facto' compression scheme because they were first. I do not edit images with them but will convert to them when I must. There is no competition between RAW and JPG. Is there a competition between a horse & buggy and a Ferrari ?
     
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    When photographing birds hiding in dark foilage with a telephoto, I still need to use a fast shutter speed or the photos are useless. Even at ISO 6400, some shots are under-exposed. DxO PhotoLab 2's amazing PRIME noise reduction requires the sensor data (before demosaicing) to do its magic and won't run without it. With RAW's 10- to 12-bit channel depth plus PRIME's noise reduction, I can often get serviceable images where the JPGs would only give me trash. RAW is essential for me in these cases.

    Even when shooting landscapes, I want to make sure that the final image is as good as it can be. As Ysarix mentioned, if you use the sensor to its maximum capacity, you might get shots that result in poor JPGs.

    Still, the answer depends on one's photo goals. There's no point shooting RAW if you will never use or enjoy or care about what it gives you. There is no one answer for everyone.

    About the only potential problem to shooting JPGs is if you eventually become more interested in the advantages of RAW; when you throw away the sensor data, you are making a decision not just for your present self but your future self. That one's a tough one. Storing RAWs when you are using them eats up a lot of disk space and makes backups more complicated.
     
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    I don't bother with RAW much Files too big, takes up too much space on the camera and hard drives in the long run. If you use the right settings for each situation, shoot on/over/under every shot like I do and know how to "use" your camera, keeping lighting, composition etc in mind, no need for RAW. Most of the time, Raw is a waste of time and space for me. However, from time to time when there is a situation where I'll use RAW, and that would be in extreme lighting situations such as late cloudy evening or sunlight/shade situations. Other than that, I don't use RAW.
     
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    Well I photograph scenes (very high contrast lighting) using raw that, no matter what settings you use in the camera, you can't capture shooting JPEG. In other words, shooting raw I take photos that are impossible for you to take shooting JPEG. I like being able to take those photos.

    Joe
     
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