Kenski wrote in post #5716578
....If you can expose a shot properly, there is NO reason to shoot in RAW....
Just throwing this out to see who bites and what you have to say....
There is time and place and room for both file types, but I have to say we do see this sentiment expressed often and it is simply not an accurate statement.
ONE of RAW's benefits is it's ability to offer more "leeway" in exposure.
One of RAW's benefits.
RAW has many other benefits that jpeg lacks, just as jpeg has some advantages over RAW.
So it may be true that a perfect photographer that shoots getting perfect exposure every shot will not be in a position to benefit from RAWs larger exposure latitude. (and frankly I don;t even think this is true as there are way too many variables, what is a perfect photographer? what is perfect exposure? )
... this would not preclude that same perfect photographer getting perfect exposure every time from benefiting from one or all of RAWs other many advantages over jpeg.
By looking at RAWs benefits so narrowly he has ignored all the reasons I shoot RAW.
- Larger color palette, with more room for correction and adjustment.
- Greater image detail
- Larger dynamic range
- No lossy compression
- Simply getting 100% of what my cameras investment can provide without sacrificing any quality.
It would kill me at this stage in my photography to knowingly and voluntarily be throwing out a huge portion of the color information and the detail that my very expensive gear is capable of creating for me at the press of the shutter. To have lost forever a part of the soul of the images I am making every time I shoot,.. after flying to Africa to get them.