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Wedding photography, Raw or Raw+JPEG and why?

 
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Sep 16, 2014 19:13 |  #1

I'm getting started in wedding photography and wondered if you shoot Raw only or Raw +JPEG and why?


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Sep 16, 2014 19:15 |  #2

RAW only. I want to have complete control over that JPEG I export without having the camera compress it and mutilate it. I'd like to put it through the wringer in Lightroom first to correct it and edit it, then Photoshop for retouching, and use that JPEG.


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Sep 16, 2014 19:24 |  #3

I shoot Raw + Jpeg, the only real time I need Raw is in low light situations or when shooting high dynamic scenes. In other areas (like when I use flash) using the raw files is just a waste of time.

I'm not going to gain anything from processing the raw that I can't get straight out of the camera. I do setup the profile though, which is the equivalent of tweaking a raw file and my jpegs also get edited in Photoshop.

I like shooting with both just in case something goes wrong, but 90% of the time I just end up using the jpegs.


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Sep 16, 2014 20:08 |  #4

I shoot the portraits and ceremony in RAW and the reception in JPEG because I do very little editing of the reception photos.


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Sep 16, 2014 20:29 |  #5

I don't shoot weddings so take my comment with a grain of salt.

I tend to shoot Raw + JPEG so that I can yank my card out of my camera, through it on my laptop, and check my photos immediately. Basically I use the JPEG as a draft that I can check quickly and then process my final pics from the RAW.




  
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Sep 16, 2014 20:43 |  #6

Raw only then create jpegs later. Shooting both takes up unnecessary space.


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Sep 16, 2014 21:12 |  #7
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RAW + Jpeg; have heard of family photographers using it to very quickly proof images on a post-shoot slideshow/proofing session, in house. Usually right after the session.

Seems like it wouldn't really work for most wedding photographers though who knows.


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Sep 16, 2014 22:36 |  #8

IMO, the only reason to go with jpg is because it's faster to process. It really comes down to technology and speed. RAW means larger file sizes, which used to be a problem years ago.

Today, if you think RAW is slow for post-processing or takes up too much room, then you probably need to upgrade. Space is cheap and fast processors aren't that expensive. Also the western culture of instant gratification, with the need to have stuff now. I would not have enough patience back in the film days.

Maybe in the near future this will be a moot debate as the speed/space will be a non-issue.


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Sep 16, 2014 23:01 |  #9

RAW, people tend to have jpg as a form of smaller storage backup files. who cares these days. raw in both cards.


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Sep 17, 2014 02:51 as a reply to  @ MFG's post |  #10

...for most events with the 5D III I shoot RAW to one card and hi-res JPEG to the other. As I do a lot of corporate events that sometimes need images for press quickly: my assistant can get images to the client after a quick cull of the JPEG card in Fast Picture Viewer before I've even finished shooting. After the event I edit the RAW and upload that to a private gallery within 24 hours of the event.


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Sep 17, 2014 20:15 |  #11

Thanks guys, opinions seem split. Where is a good free private sharing site?


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Sep 17, 2014 21:38 |  #12

Colin Glover wrote in post #17162044 (external link)
Thanks guys, opinions seem split. Where is a good free private sharing site?

...you need to be a bit more specific on what you are looking for.


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Sep 18, 2014 03:22 |  #13

Colin Glover wrote in post #17162044 (external link)
Thanks guys, opinions seem split.

Not really. If you need images immediately after shooting then use JPG. For ultimate ability to post-process use RAW. If both are important to you then shoot both.

Now IMHO for most wedding photography RAW is preferable. There generally isn't a need to provide digital images immediately after the event, but there *may* be a need to save irreplaceable images that were not exposed properly. But as mentioned above there can be exceptions to the general rule.


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Sep 18, 2014 19:17 |  #14

I'd need either a hidden link tof my website, or free file hosting that will let me upload 400 plus low res jpegs. What do you suggest guys?


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Sep 20, 2014 03:17 |  #15

I do raw only for the sole reason that switching out is kind of annoying, raw has saved my hind quarters on more than one occasion, and JPEGs just waste space.


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