This shot is what convinced me to shoot in RAW (RX10)

Started Mar 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
rich_r Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: National Geographic

One other feature of RAW images not available with jpegs; is (what Lightroom calls) camera profiles. When you shoot jpeg you need to select a picture profile (standard, vivid, landscape, etc). That selection has a significant effect on the color of the final image. With a jpeg its nearly impossible to change that. When shooting RAW you can easily experiment with that during processing to see which profile produces the most pleasing colors. Furthermore, you are not limited to the camera manufacturer choices. Lightroom defaults to Adobe Standard, but provides the same manufacturer choices. More importantly you can create custom profiles (using a tool like the ColorChecker Passport).

I have several profiles I have created for my RX10. It's remarkable how much a custom camera profile can improve color accuracy (and yes I have a wide gamut color calibrated monitor). For extremely sensitive photo shoots you can create a camera profile for just that session.

There is no equivalent capability to "get the color right" with jpegs (at least not without significant post processing which seems to be to whole point of RAW vs jpeg argument).

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