Before/After Shooting Raw
I was browsing my past albums and found some pictures I took in the Universal Studio with my RX100 M3, one year apart. One set was taken before I started shooting RAW (2016), and the other set after (2017). They were taken under a similar weather condition (super sunny and HOT!). Comparing before/after pictures, I am pleasantly surprised at the huge difference I see.
The thing is, shooting JPEG is very difficult in my opinion. You really need to nail your images in camera, and can't mess up the exposure/WB much. Looking at my "before" pictures, I can see that the sky is often overexposed, but if I exposed for the sky, the main subjects would have been underexposed. In RAW, I just import my images to Capture One, apply the auto setting, then play with the exposure sliders, and occasionally with the saturation/contrast sliders, and usually that's it (unless I'm doing portraits in which case I have a completely different workflow). It's very quick, and the results are much nicer than the SOOC JPEGs in my opinion (at least the JPEGs I took).
I just wanted to share those pictures; they aren't the exact same compositions but hopefully similar enough for comparison. And if you are like me and prefer the "after" images but never tried shooting RAW, then I strongly recommend you give the Capture One Express for Sony a try. It's free, so there's really nothing to lose.
P.S. Please do not take this post as a negativism to JPEG shooting. Like I wrote above, I find JPEG shooting difficult, and I sincerely admire those that can nail JPEG images in camera. To me, RAW shooting is easier and makes me more relaxed while I am shooting.
|Abstract bokeh by Minas_Eye|
from Your City - Bokeh in the City (Rerun)
|Green Tree Frog by BruceRH|
|Custom Red Roadster by Mitchmeister|
from Car Shows 2018