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RAW vs JPEG: Is RAW really worth it?

Started Apr 1, 2009 | Discussions thread
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RAW vs JPEG: Is RAW really worth it?
Apr 1, 2009

OK, I'm a late convert to digital photography and the D90 is my first RAW-capable camera. Ken Rockwell says that "pros don't use RAW" and so far I've taken his advice to heart and use only JPEGs. I've tweaked the camera's internal processing to get results that seem perfectly fine, but many people here seem to use RAW so I keep having this nagging feeling that I'm missing something.

So my question: Is RAW really worth it? The extra hassle of post processing? The larger files? If you've taken a picture in JPEG that looks fine (properly exposed, appropriate Picture Control settings, auto D-Lighting, correct WB, etc.), is there any additional benefit to taking it in RAW? Or is RAW most useful for correcting mistakes?

Thanks, and if you have comparison photos that would be really helpful too.

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