The RAW v jpeg debate continues - over my head

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  1. JoeW

    JoeW Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    A camera is a tool--that's all it is. And it's actually a multifaceted tool (like an incredible swiss army knife) that, depending on the setting, can do a bunch different jobs. Use the right tool for the right job.

    To me, calling this a "debate" is like calling it the "hammer vs. saw" debate. No debate--use the tool that fits your needs.

    I shoot a lot of RAW. I shoot a lot of Jpeg. I deliberately choose what I'm going to shoot based on the subject and setting.
    --When I'm shooting a gazillion files for an organization/client and they don't expect me to do edits (the editor will do that) and they don't want me to fiddle with the files--I just shoot jpeg.
    --When I know I'm going to be shooting and then uploading a gazillion files, I almost always shoot jpeg.
    --When I'm shooting something that I know is going direct to a website or online publication, I usually shoot jpeg.
    --When I'm going to be shooting some color extremes (fashion, fall foliage) I almost always shoot RAW.
    --When I'm shooting subjects where I expect I'm going to be blowing it up and putting it on a poster (or cropping it like crazy because I'm using a 600mm zoom and I really need a 1200 mm zoom), I shoot RAW.
    --When the lighting is challenging and I can't use a speedlight (and I'm know I'm going to have to boost brightness or contrast), I almost always shoot RAW.
    --When I don't have a tilt shift lens and I'm shooting architecture or interiors, I always shoot RAW.
    --When I'm shooting something that I know I'll be spending time on editing, I almost always shoot RAW.


     
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  2. AlanKlein

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    If you want to impress your friends and relatives, tell them you shoot in RAW.
     
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    I think you mean ,"In the raw. " Right? Lol
     
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    Not a pleasant sight.:D
     
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    The only time I don't shoot RAW is for family holiday snaps as I don't tend to PP them much. All else is RAW for wildlife, landscape and macro for me.
     
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    zombiesniper Furtographer Extraordinaire! Supporting Member

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    Actually you should have said there is no wrong way, only different.

    Photography has a lot things that can be manipulated and just as many photographers that will tell you, "You HAVE to (do "X") to get a good image." where in reality the only thing you have to do is enjoy shooting otherwise you will probably get stressed/bored and quit.

    Using raw or jpeg are equality good ways to shoot.
    I would suggest that if you are able to get the images you want shooting in jpeg, then that's how you SHOULD shoot. I also think it is beneficial to at least read up on what benefits a raw file may be able to provide, just in case you run into a situation where a bit more editing capability may be required.
    If that day comes where you wish to explore trying use raw files. I would suggest posting the jpeg that you are curios what could have been achieved in raw and pose the question to the forum and I'm sure you will get the answers as well as how to achieve these improvements.

    Most importantly, keep shooting and keep learning.
     
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    Shooting in the RAW might upset your family rather than impress them..
     
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