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Should I shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG?

 
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Feb 26, 2015 15:46 as a reply to post 17451204 |  #16

if that's what you want to do, yes.

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Feb 26, 2015 22:08 |  #17

Thanks everyone for your insight and suggestions! I have alot to mull over.


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Feb 27, 2015 01:35 as a reply to post 17451204 |  #18

From the RAW in LR you can make different presets in Export for different purposes, make a adjustment in Export panel >Add and rename for future use
I use like :
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You can even choose which folder the jpg ends up in directly form the preset.
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Feb 27, 2015 01:51 |  #19

crbinson wrote in post #17443527external link
I guess a matter of preference. If I'm shooting RAW; I'm shooting +JPEG.
I import all to LR then I dump both files if the image is junk, dump the RAW/keep the JPEG if it is snapshot quality (kids at play, family events, etc), and keep both files only if it is wall hanger or something I feel would warrant my time for editing to any significant extent.

Thanks!

So if you shoot in RAW+JPEG then LR can import both and handle them as 1 file? So if I trash a bad pic it trashes both the RAW + JPEG?

Also, is there a way in LR5 to somehow delete the RAW and just keep the JPEG for the ones that don't need extensive post processing? How about deleting the JPEG and keeping the RAW in LR5?

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Mar 02, 2015 15:08 as a reply to WebDevGuy's post |  #20

Personally I shoot in jpeg. When I shoot raw plus jpeg I find the raws are most often under-exposed a bit. Maybe 1/3rd stop or more likely 2/3rds stop.

So, as raw shooters shoot raw to extract the ultimate quality from their files it makes sense to shoot either ETTR or any other magical format raw shooters prefer. Note; I am not suggesting raw or jpeg is better here - jpeg just is, right :)

Seriously, raw files take an awful lot more exposure before they're nuked and that's a bonus. Shooting raw plus jpeg then would render the jpegs useless if shot this way. I do think to settle on one or another format is best and work the format to their best ability.

Bearing in mind my raw experience is limited to a Rawtherapee and Canon DPP.


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Mar 11, 2015 05:45 |  #21

I have all my RAW on the harddrive, and when I need a jpg I create it there and then in LR5 or in PS for web/print.
I NEVER delete a good RAW-file! Guess if you make a 20x30 cm printout of your Rembrandt, you would'nt burn the original? :)
If the RAW is too dark you should have overexposed a bit, use the histogram to check your exposure.
My first RAW-files from 10D, 20D etc. is far better with latest editions of software than 10 years ago, who knows what it looks like in future??
SO my advice, DO NOT chuck away your RAW-files!!
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Mar 11, 2015 05:51 |  #22

I used to shoot in raw+jpeg but for me there was no practical use for it. It's much easier to just save your edited raw as a jpeg and takes a lot less space.


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Mar 11, 2015 08:23 as a reply to tabi_24's post |  #23

So that means you create a jpeg and delete the RAW? And when someone calls you and wants a tiff or 16:9 crop or your photo as wallpaper you then use your compressed jpg for this task?
I would not dare to delete the RAW, buy a portabel harddrive and store them just in case.


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Mar 11, 2015 19:15 |  #24

Steinn wrote in post #17470063external link
So that means you create a jpeg and delete the RAW? And when someone calls you and wants a tiff or 16:9 crop or your photo as wallpaper you then use your compressed jpg for this task?
I would not dare to delete the RAW, buy a portabel harddrive and store them just in case.

Oh, I don't know why folks pronounce raw as RAW as it's not an acronym as JPEG is but, hey ho, everyone to their own :)

So, why can't we produce a .tiff file or a poster or whatever from jpeg files? We have to remember either a) the poster is not shooting professional, they don't have the funds to buy a hard drive or they maybe shoot 100,000 images a year which I do and they ain't gonna be worth storing as raw files.

Ultimate image quality follows after image content, availability and price. Shoot all raw files equals more storage space equals more cost equals more price to the consumer and they don't bite the higher price. Images from smartphones are being used in the media now and they are paying zilch, nada, nothing.

JPEGS, MPEGS and such are paying the bills. Shoot, produce, supply and collect. Nobody bar the filmakers is making a dime outta the raw files. Raws are for the creators, the artistic and talented and so on.

Apologies if I offend anyone but, if anyone is shooting raw for commercial use now they're heading for bankrupsy. That is unless they have a prepaid venture.


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Mar 11, 2015 20:11 as a reply to LincsRP's post |  #25

Thanks everyone for their viewpoints and insight! I realize that both (JPEG and RAW) are used successfully by pro photographers and hobbiests alike. I enjoy the various paradigms. Thanks!


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Mar 12, 2015 02:24 |  #26

LincsRP wrote in post #17470884external link
Shoot all raw files equals more storage space equals more cost equals more price to the consumer

Hmmmm, a 2TB drive costs around £60 and will hold about 60,000 raw files. That adds a massive one-tenth of a penny per image.


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Mar 13, 2015 22:22 |  #27

I save all my Good Raws in a folder then onto a disk, the problem with doing this is i can not tell instantly what each RAW is or its quality, it used to be different with Negs you could hold them up to light and see them, why keep all the Raws you might ask? well if someone sees a Jpeg and then wants the Raw i have it saved.

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Mar 13, 2015 22:27 |  #28

I've been shooting just RAW for the last 3-4 years, prior to that I was shooting both.

I use ACDSee that allows me to view the raw files quickly, and if I need a quick batch of jpg's can convert an entire folder in a few seconds.


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Mar 13, 2015 22:37 as a reply to EnglishBob's post |  #29

Great tips everyone!


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Mar 14, 2015 09:39 as a reply to Pagman's post |  #30

My experience is few newspapers or magazines wants raw, but they have different needs as jpg, png or tiff.
If you use Lightroom or DPP (Canon) you can easily add stars or colours to the usefull ones and easly delete the rubbish.
In Lightroom you just push X and it is greyed out of the "Lightbox" just as we did with dias in the old days :)
Shift -backslash and they dissapear for ever!
And for harddrives, YES it is part of the hobby/business - you need to have copies in case the tragedy strikes. Myself nearly lost 2 years of birdsound recording this winter due to useing only a singel HD.. Stupid as it is!


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