Still Trying to Convince Myself on RAW

Started Jun 29, 2013 | Photos thread
artlmntl Senior Member • Posts: 1,804
Re: Still Trying to Convince Myself on RAW

Gary Eickmeier wrote:

I suppose we all do this comparison stuff between RAW and JPG to try and convince ourselves of the vast superiority of RAW, but I am still a work in progress. Shot a band camp recital in RAW and JPG. Shot from 1600 to 6400 jut to stretch the limits. Opened up the RAW images, a little shocked at the noise at 6400. Opened up the JPG image, AMAZED at the smoothness and perfection of the image. At 1600 there is not much difference, would say no problem whatsoever up to 1600.

You can view them in original by clicking through. Maybe you have an example where RAW shows its superiorty. So far I haven't seen it.

I am not fighting it, still trying to learn. Bought another book on it by Jon Canfield. What I need to learn is how to process the RAW to get them to begin to compare with the camera's internal processing.

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Gary Eickmeier

Gary, I say this with all respect: You're probably better off just sticking with the jpg. For you to have all of this turmoil over RAW shooting, it's a sign that it's probably not for you. You don't seem to have a strong aesthetic reason for going to the trouble. It seems me, you mostly want to match the JPG. So, you're probably wasting your time.

As you already noticed, the JPG already has a processed version of your image. 24 MP is an enormous image area. You're probably going to downsize it a bit. You may print it, but probably not at poster size. So, it really doesn't make any difference how you process it unless you're a compulsive pixel-peeper or unless you're cropping deeply into the image to get your composition.

Even if you are cropping in, you'll probably end up with far more image area than you need to successfully print an 8x10 or 9x12. So, if you're happy with the look of the JPG, you should stick with that. Shoot your pictures, share your work, and don't look back.

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