NEF workflow question

Started Jun 23, 2010 | Discussions thread
malch Forum Pro • Posts: 14,117
Re: NEF workflow question

bcalvary wrote:

I would like to lay out a workflow for editing and storing raw files. Please tell me if you think I should not do it as planned.

Should I delete the NEF and keep the TIFF file for future editing or just keep the JPG and delete both NEF and TIFF?

My suggestions:

1. Always save your TIFF's in a subfolder of the NEF folder. And JPEGs in another subfolder.

2. Always keep the NEF's. They're your master. You can always recreate the TIFF's and JPEG's from the NEF but you can't recreate the NEF from the TIFF/JPEG. Also, improved RAW converters may give you the opportunity to re-process the NEF at some point in the future.

3. If you archive the NEF's, it's a matter of pure preference whether to keep the JPEGs and TIFFs. I tend to keep my JPEG's and delete the TIFF's. I do save a few multi-layer PSD's which embody complex/special processing.

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