D3300 settings

Started Jul 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
DigitalPhilosopher Contributing Member • Posts: 999
Re: D3300 settings

Donald M Mackinnon wrote:

I should have said that I only shoot jpeg, and lets just leave it there, no "why not raw" sermon please.

That is totally within your rights - your camera, your photography, your rules. There's not gonna be a sermon. Having said that, that RAW allows you more flexibility is not an opinion but a simple fact

LynniePad wrote:

I'm slightly amused by the "I Shoot RAW" hard-liners. You occasionally see a newbie breathlessly announcing that when they get a new camera they intend to:

  • Shoot with the lens wide open.
  • Use manual control only.
  • Save images as RAW (14-bit, of course).

This I regard as the "holy trinity" of folly, especially for a beginner. It's not always wise for experienced photographers either. The first two are rarities for me, and the third is simply an option.

Only an inexperienced photographer would do the first two (that is, have as a rule to do these only, always), and only an inexperienced photographer would group the third with the other two

I see no connection at all. Shooting at maximum aperture is an exposure decision. Using manual control (I forget the 'only' part) is also an exposure decision. Save images as RAW is a pretty darn smart thing to do, for beginners and experienced photographers alike.

a) beginners can benefit from saving in RAW mode because they don't have the experience to anticipate alterations in White Balance from such things as, e.g. green foliage (Most of my Nikons can be fooled in Auto WB by excessive green), or large shadow areas in daylight (ditto). The same goes for sharpness and contrast.

b) Experienced photographers usually prefer to have total control. If you're happy with your results as JPEG and OOC, all the power to you. I, on the other hand, and especially for wedding photography, where I'm expected to provide results for the once-in-a-lifetime event for paying clients, would never shoot only JPEG. I very much doubt any serious professional photographer would do that.

Again, let me emphasize, that is not to say that everyone, at all times, should do it. Like I said, if you're happy with what you get in your own photography, super. But it's a pretty long leap from that to claim that RAW is a newbie thing.

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