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darynv
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Aug 18, 2017 05:01 |  #136

Allow me to offer my input. I think that if you have the space and the correct flow, then shooting in RAW is definitely advantageous. That being said, as I have a 40D, my RAW files are smaller than JPEG on my 6D. I often shoot 300-600+ images of BMX racing on a weekend, but I have created my own preset that works for me and my style. So I can get home, select a hundred or so images in LR and apply my own preset, then I MAY have to tweak one or two images individually thereafter, then they are ready. Often my 2 biggest bottlenecks are my download to "Computer" and the export and upload to Social Media, sometimes these two processes take longer than the editing and selecting process. IF you decide that you might want to work on an image in detail later, then having it in RAW is beneficial, otherwise JPEG is more than adequate.


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Aug 18, 2017 05:19 |  #137

darynv wrote in post #18430681 (external link)
Allow me to offer my input. I think that if you have the space and the correct flow, then shooting in RAW is definitely advantageous. That being said, as I have a 40D, my RAW files are smaller than JPEG on my 6D. I often shoot 300-600+ images of BMX racing on a weekend, but I have created my own preset that works for me and my style. So I can get home, select a hundred or so images in LR and apply my own preset, then I MAY have to tweak one or two images individually thereafter, then they are ready. Often my 2 biggest bottlenecks are my download to "Computer" and the export and upload to Social Media, sometimes these two processes take longer than the editing and selecting process. IF you decide that you might want to work on an image in detail later, then having it in RAW is beneficial, otherwise JPEG is more than adequate.

A big part of this is what model of Canon you have. The JPG engine in the 40D is the old-school more inferior engine over the newer bodies. As of the SL1/70D/5D3, I believe, the new JPG engine was introduced, creating much crisper higher quality JPG results. These are almost to the point that there is limited improvements you can make in the raw and convert afterwards to get a better result.

I would never take the JPG from older bodies like the 7D and 5D2, etc, the raw through a processor to a TIFF/JPG was always better. This is no longer the case with the newer models.

In summary, an out of camera JPG is not always equal across models, so the answer depends a bit on model #.

A poll with 2 answers per model would be interesting, where people could vote across many items with their history with those bodies. :)


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Oct 24, 2017 23:44 |  #138

Sometimes the "choice" is actually beyond simple...I shoot whatever format the senior editor asks me to shoot. More often than not, its jpeg since they won't even consider a marginal image in terms of focus or exposure so you have to get the jpegs right in camera and little to no editing is often done (depending on usage) once it hits the desk. They may crop or do a small levels adjustment but if the image needs more, it never had a chance in the first place. I believe that's why they typically want jpegs. The only time I was asked for RAW was doing headshots of on air talent where the images might be used down the road for something.


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