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Is shooting RAW worth it?

dazzaman 11 631 England
3 Jun 2009 10:33AM
i was just wondering what you guys thought about this topic. ive always been told, shoot in raw, ALWAYS. you will get the best quality, you will get more data info, shadows, highlights, tones, etc etc.but if like myself, you are not too good at processing,and struggle at times with cs2.(what is the point shooting raw?????????) why not just shoot in high quality jpeg?????????????????????????????

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
3 Jun 2009 10:36AM
If you think you are better off with HQ Jpeg, then go for it.
I personally would not do Jpeg, except for snaps, as RAW gives me so much flexibility.
From your PF and recent POTW, I can't see you have any problems with processing though.
rhody 15 2.4k 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2009 10:40AM
If you are happy with the results in jpeg - stay with it - a lot of people do.

If you want the absolute best quality, options and flexibility - RAW will give it to you.

Opinions vary enormously on this one - but ultimately it's what you want and expect from the image that matters.
dazzaman 11 631 England
3 Jun 2009 10:43AM
thanks for your input guys.
ive never had a POTW cole, i wish i had, lol
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
3 Jun 2009 10:48AM
I am sorry, I have mixed you up with another Daz.... LOL
dazzaman 11 631 England
3 Jun 2009 10:49AM
no worry,s mate lol
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
3 Jun 2009 10:51AM
Why not take both at the same time, Raw + Jpeg?
Then you can compare and decide what's worth keeping or processing.
dazzaman 11 631 England
3 Jun 2009 10:58AM
not a bad idea that cole, i will try it.
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
3 Jun 2009 11:18AM

Quote:Why not take both at the same time, Raw + Jpeg?
Then you can compare and decide what's worth keeping or processing.

That's what I do. I almost always find the jpeg is fine, but the RAW is always there if I need it.
dazzaman 11 631 England
3 Jun 2009 11:36AM
thaks rog
DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
3 Jun 2009 11:37AM
Ah, so that's why Rog fills his memory cards up so quickly Wink
Daffy1 10 367 Ireland
3 Jun 2009 1:45PM
Yes !

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
3 Jun 2009 1:56PM
I shoot RAW on my DSLR, JPEG on my compact. I'm not hung up on the issue! But for any significant manipulation, RAW gives more latitude, without a doubt.

As some will recall, a few years ago, Ken Rockwell upset many people on here by turning this around and saying RAW is for sloppy photographers because of this extra latitude, i.e. more room to correct exposure errors after shooting etc. But that's just his bull in a china shop approach to photography. Lol! Wink
stolzy 12 3.8k 7
3 Jun 2009 2:21PM
I always shoot RAW, because I don't like the idea of losing data. i like the flexibility and the extra exposure latitude best of all.
But if you get the results you want with jpeg, why not?
3 Jun 2009 2:24PM
I used to shoot Raw + Jpegs together but I now only shoot Raw, it saves a lot of storage space as I never used the Jpegs for anything other than viewing in the Windows slideshow anyway.
I downloaded the Raw codec for Vista and can now view the Raws just the same as I used to do with the Jpegs.

It only takes a few seconds to convert a Raw file anyway and it's well worth the effort, so come on Darren, get learning mate lol.
I reckon it's crazy to spend all this money on good cameras/lenses and then shoot Jpegs.

I would only shoot Jpegs if I was taking holiday snaps or record shots and I was certain I'd never need all the extra information that a Raw file holds.

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