Should I go RAW only?

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richardplondon
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In reply to AlphaTikal, 5 months ago

Not all images needs to be post pricessed heavily and it depends on the scene, light quality, settings, style and post process.

Amount of post-processing is a separate question which AFAICT applies equally to Raw and to camera JPG.

The issue IMO is one of processing: the creation of a viewable image in the first place - where, and how, that happens and with what degree of interactivity.

And why is another debate started between raw against jpeg? The thread starter asked to go with raw+jpeg or raw only...

Exactly - good point.

If the Raw+JPG is seen as an alternative to shooting JPG only (e.g., as a backup to sometimes get you out of trouble tonally) - then the Raw is an asset which will largely go unused - and when it does, any difference in rendition between the camera, and your conversion software, may be a significant problem. Relying on this backup will not improve the critical accuracy of one's exposures and WB so far as shooting specifically for JPG is concerned, in my view. JPG is about (to some degree) committing a set of processing decisions, and that means, standing behind them fully. On this basis, Raw is only there to mitigate in case of pilot errors. IOW, it's "JPG+Raw".

OTOH, if the "Raw+JPG" is seen as an alternative to shooting Raw only, and especially for cameras which can develop JPGs after the fact if required, then I fail to see how the +JPG is any kind of an asset really - more of a liability.

And overcoming different rendition of your Raw processing compared with that of the camera JPG, is made completely beside the point in that case. Especially so, if you have not individualised your camera settings from scene to scene, to address the specific requirements of JPG - but instead, shot with Raw primarily in mind. On this basis, Raw has simply nothing to do with mitigating pilot errors. And on this basis, camera JPG has nothing to do with decisiveness about processing. It's just redundant.

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