Still Trying to Convince Myself on RAW

Started Jun 29, 2013 | Photos thread
Marco Cinnirella
Marco Cinnirella Veteran Member • Posts: 7,319
Re: Raw reveals its value over time

cgarrard 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.

So a couple of comparisons, proessed and not:

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.

It can be instantly gratifying, but not usually. I find that I re-process many older (but good) images from years back in raw only to see just how much I've improved in my post processing since I made the original image. Raw is the negative you should never throw away, storage is wayyyy too cheap these days to justify doing that.

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This is a good point Carl. I find my PP skills have developed a lot over the last 3 years, as have the raw processors I use (LR and DXO primarily) and the plugins I have acquired (such as the Nik suite). It can be rewarding, as you say, to re-visit old raws and get a fresh take on them or just try to get a better finished product. JPEGS do not bear up to this later editing and re-editing.

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