Should I go RAW only?

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knickerhawk
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In reply to Lanidrac, 8 months ago

Lanidrac wrote:

Tony Beach wrote:

I routinely apply negative EC in the Raw converter to my photos before sending them to Photoshop for further work. By taking advantage of the extra headroom in the Raw files I get more DR and a bit less noise; when shooting JPEG you have to sacrifice the headroom or the photo ends up being too bright because exposure and every other camera setting is baked into the JPEG file. Consequently, I never shoot Raw+JPEG because the JPEG files are of no use to me.

FYI, you can edit jpegs in certain versions of CSRAW almost with the same amount of headroom of raws by opening the jpegs via Adobe Bridge. You will be surprised at how much can be done (regained) from those jpegs in CSRaw. Much more than editing a jpeg in Pshop alone. It depends on the Raw file version and the version of CSraw with Bridge whether it works or not. Try it.

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CSRaw (or applying the camera raw filter in PS to a jpeg) is applying the information from the non-blown channel(s) to the blown channel(s).  Depending on the image and the extent that the channels were blown in the jpeg, you'll see color shifts or blown highlights. Don't kid yourself, CSRaw is no panacea and is certainly no substitute for shooting RAW in the first place if you're dealing with scenes with high dynamic range or that would otherwise benefit from ETTR.

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