That RAW Troublemaker Again With Files

Started Sep 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
Alan_S Senior Member • Posts: 1,835
Re: Or....

Claudio Galli wrote:

Dear all,

while I certainly agree that starting from a raw file and having the necessary skills you can arrive at a better image than the OOC jpg, from all these debates JPG vs RAW I have the feeling that the RAW fans quite often start from the concept that once you shoot jpg you cannot do anything to improve your image.

I have right clicked on my mouse and downloaded the first image of Alan. With a quick adjustment of shadows and highlights in Photoshop, I have arrived at a final image that is quite acceptable, even starting from a downloaded and compressed jpg image.

By the way, how do people use their photos for? Only to see them at a computer screen at 100% zoom just to find every possible flaw? In my case I print a photobook every time I make a travel around the world. Believe me, looking at my pictures printed at even a double spread page, it is impossible (at least for me) to see the imperfections that I saw viewing them at 100% zoom on the computer screen.

My humble suggestion: do whatever you want with your pictures (JPG or RAW, it does not matter), but then relax yourself and find a way to enjoy looking at them without bothering too much about the technical aspects.

Best shooting and pixel peeping to you all!


Agree with your words that one can choose to settle for "acceptable results" (for web viewing, etc. - however I could not make an acceptable large print of that processed jpg, therefore could never market it as such), or one can choose to "arrive at a better image than the OOC jpg" by processing the RAW. It is an individual choice :)! I didn't become what you call a "RAW fan" because I like a little extra work... I became sold on processing my own RAW files by seeing the dramatic flexibility and improved results I can get for large prints -- the control to do it my way! After seeing it for myself, I just can't bring myself to settle for second best.

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