I've been shooting RAW for years... not any more! X-T1

Started May 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Miki Nemeth
Miki Nemeth Senior Member • Posts: 1,237
William Chutton's excellent summary of why use RAW

wchutt wrote:

It turns out the information destroyed during JPEG compression is redundant when:

  • The exposure is perfect
  • The dynamic range does not exceed the camera's data stream dynamic range
  • The white balance is perfect

Otherwise the discarded information during JPEG compression is required to the render the best possible image.

The more the above deviates from perfection, using all the data recorded when the shutter was open brings more benefit.

The scenes in my work typically have mixed color temperature and challenge the camera's dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio (especially for shadow regions.I can expose for highlight detail or for optimum shadow region detail, but not for both.

Even when the scene is not that difficult, I can make exposure mistakes.

Excellent summary. Thank You very much, William. All the best, Miki

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