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Aug 25, 2011 13:45 |  #1

what is the size of raw file when you shoot weddings ?

Large, medium or small ?

Do you shoot Jpeg for proof ?


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Aug 25, 2011 16:27 |  #2

I always shoot full size raw, as smaller raws aren't true raw, but they're pretty close. I don't shoot jpeg even on holiday. When I had a camera that did small raw I used that for casual shots, but I found I forgot to change it back sometimes.

Storage is cheap, and sRaw takes about the same about of time to process as full raw, I found.


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Aug 25, 2011 16:40 |  #3

I shoot in RAW. As Tim said storage is cheap. 16GB give me about 400 images of RAW. I use two 16GB + a few 8GB cards and that's plenty.




  
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Aug 26, 2011 09:11 |  #4

why would you shoot anything less than full size raw? There's no point in handicapping your camera


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Aug 26, 2011 09:17 |  #5

Full RAW.




  
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Aug 26, 2011 10:08 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #6

i shoot L RAW most of the day. but after the reception rituals are done i usually go down to M RAW.
I also shoot M RAW (still 10mp btw) when i'm sniping candinds with the 70-200 as I never crop these so just don't need all that extra info.

but as Tim mentioned, if i EVER think i will forget to go back up to L RAW, i just leave it in L to begin with.
There has been a couple times in the past that I've forgotten i was on M RAW or JPEG and wished I had switched to L RAW sooner.

Storage is cheap, and i don't mind filling it up if it's going to help me or the couple.
But I don't go to sleep the night of a wedding until everything is downloaded (couldn't if i wanted to : )
and if switching to M RAW saves me from having to stay awake to download one more card, i'll take it haha


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Aug 26, 2011 10:21 |  #7

I've recently purchased a USB3.0 card reader to go along with my USB 2.0 reader. Very quick downloading files...I admit, it was rather painful with the existing one, but man, what a difference! Once it's copied to the local drive, I initiate a backup to the external drives...and I go to sleep! :)




  
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Aug 26, 2011 10:59 |  #8

nicksan wrote in post #13003381 (external link)
I've recently purchased a USB3.0 card reader to go along with my USB 2.0 reader. Very quick downloading files...I admit, it was rather painful with the existing one, but man, what a difference! Once it's copied to the local drive, I initiate a backup to the external drives...and I go to sleep! :)

that's what i gotta get. think i'm getting a new machine next week that will actually have a usb3.0 port.


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Aug 26, 2011 17:05 |  #9

I use full RAW all the time. Better to have it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it (as far as detail goes). As for file transfer I use an external card reader with my FireWire 800 port. Faster than USB 3.0 but not as fast as Thunderbolt...but who makes external card readers with Thunderbolt yet???


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Aug 26, 2011 19:31 |  #10

Full Raw at all times.
25-30mbs each file.


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Aug 26, 2011 22:42 |  #11

another photographer said small files are easier to process


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Aug 27, 2011 10:18 |  #12

picard wrote in post #13006932 (external link)
another photographer said small files are easier to process

I don't see how a smaller file is easier to process. You still have to cul, adjust exposure, color correct and apply any desired toning, not to mention retouching and maybe pixel editing. How does file size make that easier?

It might make them faster and take up less space on disk, but when you can get disk cheap and fast computers, why bother?


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