Still Trying to Convince Myself on RAW

Started Jun 29, 2013 | Photos thread
OP Gary Eickmeier Veteran Member • Posts: 3,479
Re: Gary - Bit OT but --- Still Trying to Convince Myself on RAW

BertIverson wrote:

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.

I shoot exclusively RAW but not because of noise or IQ superiority (I am pretty sure that Sony engineers know how to create a JPG -- but with their personal preferences not mine).
I just got tired of chimping, DRO, HDR, exposure bracketing, spot, center, matrix metering, white balance etc. These can all be accomplished during PP when "time is NOT of the essence"
All that is left, at shooting time, are compose and focus.

my 0.02

I am trying to remember if there was anything visible in the background to the naked eye. If so, then I could have done som HDR and had another great experiment. Can RAW do HDR without the need for multiple exposures? I suppose the theory is that since it has 12 bits instead of 8 for RAW, then I should be able to go deepr into the noise to retrieve detail in the black areas, and conversely I should be able to go deeper into the whites to retrieve highlight detail.

I will try it.

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