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Johnny 
RAW vs JPEG
15 May 2007 at 21:37 GMT
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I've read a lot about RAW vs. JPEG debate from both sides of the table, but I'm curious to see what you guys are using?

I use RAW because its more forgiving when I run in through photoshop. But I just might be hallucinating.
Carl Kirstein 
re: RAW vs JPEG
16 May 2007 at 11:52 GMT
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I mostly use JPEG, and RAW in tricky white balance situations or scenes requiring a big dynamic range. If I must estimate... about 97% JPEG and 3% RAW. I have found that the % of JPEGs increase as my skill and understanding of photography increase.

I have heard many compare JPEG with polaroids and RAW with negatives, but this is a fallicious argument. I do almost as much post processing with JPEGs as with RAW files. I just convert them to 16bit before I start of course. But JPEGs are not "finished" out of the camera as a polaroid is.

The biggest reasons for using so much JPEG is mainly
1) space on my memory cards (1000 jpegs instead of 300 RAW on my 4Gig)
2) workflow speed (review and view quickly in windows), batch & automated actions.
3) reaction (bigger buffer for drive mode)
4) IQ of RAW not notably higher unless you blow it up to 100% (which seldom happens)
The Maven  [admin] 
re: RAW vs JPEG
17 May 2007 at 23:42 GMT
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If available on the camera, I always go for RAW - mainly for reasons of highlight recovery. Most of my shots use a blended image of conversions at +0.33EV and -0.33EV to expand the dynamic range slightly.
nev 
re: RAW vs JPEG
18 May 2007 at 07:17 GMT
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i shoot almost exclusively in RAW. The ability to come back and change exposure is well worth it for me. You do pay the storage price however. i have set up a droplet for jpeg conversion so you drag the raw files on the droplet and it is done for you.
liam beattie 
re: RAW vs JPEG
29 Aug 2007 at 16:51 GMT
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must say i am almost exclusively shooting RAW now if i am after a shot. If its just recording a family day or someting minor i go j-peg as its easier to process. I have to print some shots very large for clients so RAW is the way forward for converting to useable tiffs
DrAW! 
re: RAW vs JPEG
12 Sep 2007 at 21:17 GMT
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if u cover a wedding and take over 200 pix, to produce 5x7 inch prints ,to be delivered within a few days, to a cheap client....use jpegs

otherwise use raw, which offers more options, which take time, which costs money, which doesn't grow on trees...so don't waste raw on cheap shots

then again, who says today's cheap shot won't be tomorrow's megabuck maker?
Guest 
re: RAW vs JPEG
12 Oct 2008 at 18:30 GMT
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I've committed to a DNG workflow. I like the fact that I haven't thrown anything out before I get started as you do if you allow the camera to convert to JPG. However getting a good image for print or web from a RAW file is not 100% straightforward, so If you don't fancy learning about it, best to stay with JPG

NB one of my nightmares is having 1000 photos on a storage card. (or even taking 1000 photos on a photo shoot). I use a 5D and still just use 1gb cards (50-60 images). I still use film though, so maybe I'm accustomed to not pressing the shutter quite so often
DrAW! 
re: RAW vs JPEG
15 Jan 2009 at 14:28 GMT
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to update my post

these days there's way better cross format support for raw files
and computers are faster and there's cheaper storage options

so it's best to shoot raw at all times, unless you find yourself suddenly desperately pressed for storage when on a shoot.

if you can afford the space shoot both raw and jpegs...this will eventually be a viable default option at the rate technology is moving
Guest 
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15 Mar 2018 at 05:47 GMT
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