Standard RAW processing worthwile?

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jeff Loughlin
Jeff Loughlin Forum Member • Posts: 83
Re: Standard RAW processing worthwile?

I used to shoot jpegs exclusively, mostly to save space and time.  I've recently switched to shooting RAW, because it gives me great flexibility to fix the exposure when I do something stupid.

I do an automated conversion when I import, which gives me a full res jpeg with default settings applied - that makes for a perfectly usable image in most cases, and for snapshots and stuff where I don't care that much about image quality, I can use those jpegs directly.  But I also have the raw image, which gives me a lot more control, and for shots that matter I can spend more time on them and create something much better than the default jpeg would have given me.

With the cost of storage today, there isn't really a good reason to shoot jpeg anymore.  You can shoot raw+jpeg in camera, or just shoot raw and do an automated conversion when you import.  Either way, you end up with a usable jpeg and a raw file to fall back on if you need it.


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