I Will Not Shot in RAW

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Don_Campbell
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Re: I Will Not Shot in RAW
In reply to DonA2, May 20, 2013

DonA2 wrote:

Don_Campbell wrote:

The only thing in this post that I disagree with somewhat. It is exactly some of the limitations of small sensors that can be partially reduced or overcome with raw image processing.

The two greatest limitations of P&S camers are sensor noise and lack of dynamic range. The SX50, with its 12-bit per channel signal gives raws a dynamic range not seen in most other P&S cameras. That permits one the opportunity to get shadow detail and save blown highlights that is not available in most JPGs (although the various advanced shooting modes help in this somewhat).

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Don

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Don V. Armitage

Well, the obvious will no doubt prevail.  However, until I fall into the trap of buying  a large (APSC+) sensor camera I can rest easy that my slightly inferior tiny sensor will fill my limited needs.  Not everyone has a calibrated Ezo monitor or a full frame DSLR nor a desire to spend their free time jacking up a RAW image to perfection.  Come to think of it, I respect Canon's design engineers to get every little bit of IQ out of their JPEGs as that is what 98% will ascend to.   We are mostly creatures of a fast fix.

OK, I will attempt to use RAW when I find a reason to burden myself with Adobe Photoshop

Gad. Heaven forbid. Photoshop is for graphic designers and way overburdened for photo tweaking. I use Canon's quite capable raw converter DPP (those engineers who designed the converter inside the camera have likely had a hand in the one on the desktop). I make more adjustments in freeware (Rawtherapee--terrible name great free/open source software). The process doesn't take long and I only do it for images I really like and want to bring out the best in. Snapshots of grandchildren are another thing entirely--lots of fun and not much work because there are always more the next time they/we visit.

and perhaps obtain that mini DSLR so as to blow out less highlights.  Shadows I can live with.  A little noise I can tolerate. There is a point where life will go on without so much perfection.

I generally let noise be handled mostly by default with DPP and sharpening be handled with a default setting in GIMP. Neither takes any toil at all.

Don't take this wrong, This is not to criticize RAW disciples.  I have come from SLRs and don't care to return via digital. Life is short and my 80+ years shows.  I have found that a little less is often best.  But hey, that's just me.

I have no problem with that approach. The SX50's in-camera JPG is terrific most of the time. I have spent most of my 58 years of photography  with tedious darkroom work and the digital darkroom seems refreshing,  light weight and powerful to me by comparison. Perhaps when I get closer to 80 I'll be closer to your approach. It won't be that long if I make it.

Regards,

Don

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