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CAL ­ Imagery
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Mar 06, 2010 10:01 |  #16

The only times I will shoot JPG is when I don't have enough memory to shoot RAW (I have only 10 GB of memory cards at the moment). So, that's basically when shooting sports.


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Mar 06, 2010 10:33 |  #17

If I shot sports or action, I would probably use jpeg, but I don't so raw for me.


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Mar 06, 2010 11:26 |  #18

Raw for me too. I only use jpegs for quick test shots.


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Mar 06, 2010 11:28 |  #19

Read the last line of my sig.


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Mar 06, 2010 11:48 |  #20

JoeyB-You need to shoot with a watertight, sealed camera if you shoot like you....


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Mar 06, 2010 12:57 |  #21

JoeyBaccala wrote in post #9740590 (external link)
Read the last line of my sig.

You Fcuk JPEG ??? :p


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Mar 06, 2010 13:24 |  #22

Dudes, better get back OT quickly...


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Mar 06, 2010 13:58 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #23

On all my DSLR's, I shoot RAW+JPEG.

I use larger capacity high speed CF cards (currently using Sandisk 8GB 30mb/s 300x cards on my 5D mk II, and 16GB 60mb/s 400x cards on my 7D to take advantage of 8fps shooting capability.) I have NEVER had a failure of a Sandisk (as I have in the distant past with Lexar) and always use camera FORMAT function to reformat.. never using a computer to erase images on the card.

I shoot both RAW + JPEG for a specific reason:
I always set RAW to full size.. never using sRaw (Smaller RAW images selection on some cameras) because you never know when you're going to capture that once in a lifetime shot that you want to blow up into a billboard! For JPEG, I select a much smaller size to store concurrently with the RAW. I do this because when I unload my CF's onto my Mac, I can review and rate shots MUCH quicker in Preview using the JPEG's, than I can with RAW's that take much more time to load each image to preview. It allows me to VERY quickly review and reject all but those I want to do further processing on. This workflow saves me a great deal of time before loading up the final selected RAW's in Aperture 3 for processing.

I carry spare CF's and batteries, and can shoot virtually thousands of images before having to recharge batteries and unload the CF's.

Having the Jpegs concurrently ALSO allows you to see very quickly how much processing you may have to do on a particular shot, as well as focus, composition, and bokeh.

I find it far more valuable and efficient than straight RAW shooting.

BTW... the Sandisk 16GB 60mb/s 400x cards are currently selling on Amazon for $103. I was shocked to walk into my local Best Buy yesterday and see that they are selling the exact same card for $297.00 plus tax!!


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Mar 06, 2010 19:16 as a reply to  @ post 9736582 |  #24

I once shot only JPEG because...

I once shot only JPEG because I thought that there was something magical and difficult about shooting RAW. I then decided to try RAW but, still being scared, I shot RAW + JPEG large. I then ended up shooting only RAW because I absolutely love the control I have over my imagery in RAW.

EXCEPT... I am traveling to China for two weeks starting March 30th. I plan to shoot hundreds upon hundreds of images each day. No problem, right - shoot RAW.

HOWEVER... my wife wants to immediately have images to post on a blog about the trip. She is anxious that her extended family can follow us vicariously.

My standard workflow on a rip (I usually travel in my motor home in a more leisurely fashion than 7 cities in the 14 days we will be in China) is to download my RAW images from my CF cards, batch rename them in Adobe Bridge CS3, and copy them to two Western Digital, My Passport 500GB external hard drives. I view selected images in Adobe Bridge but, do not do any other post processing. I then reformat my CF cards and recharge my camera and flash batteries.

I will not have a computer with me that has Bridge or Photoshop installed. Instead, we will be using my wife's small computer.. To work around this, I plan to shoot in RAW + JPEG fine/small. I can download the images from my CF cards using the Microsoft My Pictures, duplicate copy to the two hard drives, view them in JPEG to catch any obvious mechanical or operator problems and attach a few JPEGS to my wife's blog to satisfy her desire to keep her family updated. I will do no cropping or retouching in any way. I know that I will be dog tired each evening. I am confident enough of my photo skills to expect good JPEG imagery without a great deal of post processing.

I have PLENTY of CF memory. Memory has become darned inexpensive over the last year or two; so shooting RAW + JPEG small/fine is not storage problem - either when shooting or after I copy my images to the two hard drives.

I have made it a practice always to comply with any and all photographic desires of my wife. That way, I get no static when a new piece of gear arrives via UPS.


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Mar 06, 2010 22:47 |  #25

RPCrowe wrote in post #9742678 (external link)
I have made it a practice always to comply with any and all photographic desires of my wife.

A wise man.

Back to your original point, why not just install DPP on her machine? It's fairly lightweight compared to CS3. Or even Lightroom 3 Beta. Also, have you seen the free RAW codec pack for Windows? I absolutely love it.

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Mar 07, 2010 00:08 |  #26

tonylong wrote in post #9741108 (external link)
Dudes, better get back OT quickly...

But it is OT! :lol:


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Mar 07, 2010 18:48 |  #27

Alex_Venom wrote in post #9735905 (external link)
I shoot RAW mainly for the white balance changing capability. If I could change the white balance in a JPEG without ruining the shot, I'd shoot JPEG.

You can, inconspiculously hide something pure white in each image..for weddings (I shoot jpeg anyway) I make sure a little white dove I have is in the background or somewhere in the image so I can take a white balance from it. Or you could do a custom WB using a filter or a white coffee filter (that is what I use). Either way, shooting jpeg is the best for me, I believe in getting it right in the camera the first time, then I crop in post and I'm done.




  
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Mar 08, 2010 02:11 |  #28

Shooting wrote in post #9748417 (external link)
You can, inconspiculously hide something pure white in each image..for weddings (I shoot jpeg anyway) I make sure a little white dove I have is in the background or somewhere in the image so I can take a white balance from it. Or you could do a custom WB using a filter or a white coffee filter (that is what I use). Either way, shooting jpeg is the best for me, I believe in getting it right in the camera the first time, then I crop in post and I'm done.

The problem with that approach is that a white object could easily have one (or more) of the RGB channels clipped, at which point it becomes useless for white balancing. If you could sneak something pure grey into the shot, that would work better, but I guess that's harder to arrange.


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Mar 08, 2010 02:33 |  #29

What an original idea for a thread - NOT!

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Mar 10, 2010 09:03 as a reply to  @ philwillmedia's post |  #30

"omlets in pan, soup in saucepan".
shooting 30 pics in *.jpeg, you will have 30 pictures. Shooting in *raw, 300, 400, even 1000. Its depend on the time you spent in front of the computer...
I prefer raw rather than jpeg.
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