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Ken Rockwell & RAW


Ewanneil 4 1.1k 2 Scotland
25 Jan 2011 8:41AM
Reading through Ken Rockwell's iPod App for my Camera - a Nikon D300S I came upon the following quote.

"I never shoot raw, except every six months to remind myself of what a pain it is, and how it looks the same or worse that JPG."

He doesn't go on to say any more or to justify his comment.

Now, Ken Rockwell has forgotten more about photography than I'll probably ever know but his comments came as a surprise. What else does he know that I don't, I wonder? I'd be interested in what others think of his views on this.

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KevSB 10 1.4k 5 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 8:50AM
In truth it is a major pain using Raw so hes saying nothing we dont allready know, He obvously is an accomplished photographer that gets every shot perfect in camera and has little need of post processing.
Grin
I would love to take perfect photos in jpeg everytime but in my case I dont trust my skills to get it right in camera at the time and need that backup feeling that I can save something from the day.
keithh e2
10 23.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Jan 2011 8:52AM

Quote:In truth it is a major pain using Raw


Really?


Quote:Now, Ken Rockwell has forgotten more about photography than I'll probably ever know


Really?
Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
25 Jan 2011 8:55AM
It might be a "pain" for snap shot photographers and those who don't need control, but with the right image manager (like Lightroom) it's as easy to manage as a jpg and has incredible flexibility with the results and ensuing quality.
JamesGarfield 5 915 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 8:56AM
Hmmm well if I'm honest I don't really think much of Ken Rockwells work, IMPO there some more interesting & better quality shots appearing in the EPZ gallery than he produces.
Pete e2
13 18.5k 96 England
25 Jan 2011 8:58AM

Quote:I would love to take perfect photos in jpeg everytime but in my case I dont trust my skills to get it right in camera at the time

It's not just your skills you're are basically setting the camera to program mode. If we left cameras to auto exposure mode all the time look at what would happen - certain scenes would be under exposed, whites would come out grey...etc.
Similar thing with RAW. I remember one camera I had could not process reds well. Shoot in RAW and it was excellent.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 9:07AM

Quote:In truth it is a major pain using Raw


what on earth are you doing with it?
25 Jan 2011 9:19AM
One word springs to mind, i'd be banned if i typed it.

Cameras are just tools, if you have a way of getting the very best image possible out of one why wouldn't you use it?
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
25 Jan 2011 9:27AM
'Ken Rockwell'.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JohnParminter 7 1.2k 14 England
25 Jan 2011 9:33AM

Quote:What else does he know that I don't, I wonder? I'd be interested in what others think of his views on this


That's just it Ewan, its just his view on how he prefers to take his images, there is no right or wrong for each individual's way of doing things.

I think you would probably be better off finding out for yourself what methods, techniques and processes works best for you rather than pondering, querying and perhaps worrying what others tend to do.

I do happen to shoot almost exclusively in RAW but there are many other things I do that are contrary to popular best practice working methods. I have developed a way of working that suits me exactly and so I choose to understand but ignore the way others do their work.

Smile
SteveCharles 11 2.3k 18 England
25 Jan 2011 9:33AM

Quote:I never shoot raw, except every six months to remind myself of what a pain it is


I never read Ken Rockwell, except every six months to remind myself of what a tw*t he is.
BubbaG2000 7 767 1
25 Jan 2011 9:40AM

Quote:I never read Ken Rockwell, except every six months to remind myself of what a tw*t he is.


Hahaha! Man, I needed that! Grin
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 9:44AM
it is said Mickey Mouse has a Ken Rockwell watch.

Ken Rockwell, a few things you need to know. Well he is a big believer in aliens and abductions etc, so it could well be this is a brain imprint left after an abduction. Ken may well have forgotten a lot about photography, probably during an abduction or some government mind wipe conspiracy thing, if only he had taken the time to learn it again.

I can believe in alien life forms just not how he tells it.

And finally Ken does have a role in life, all the camera designers in the world take their designs to him, the ones he likes he sticks a Nikon brand on, the rest a Canon one. One day a camera came along that Ken thought was neither Nikon or Canon, as so boys and girls the Pentax brand was born Wink

Every now and then Ken is correct, but often he is oh so wrong.
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 10:12AM
Ewan - is this topic intentionally ironic?

I can never work out if Ken's website is intended as a joke, or if he really believes all that rubbish. Either way, read it for the laughs, not the 'facts'


Quote:
Ken Rockwell has forgotten more about photography


Ah, that would explain a few things...
meercat 5 278 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 10:33AM
Wow never read his stuff before, and now never will again Tongue

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