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RAW and Jpeg

Cream of the Crop
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Apr 27, 2013 14:00 |  #31

I shoot both (two card slots), sending the raw files to slot one and the jpegs to slot two.

Nine times out of ten I work on the raw files. I rarely get it right straight out of camera.

So I go through all the jpegs really quickly and take a note of which ones I want to work on (over in raw, of course), and the few that come out just right I slip into a "finished" folder for that project.

Then, once I know which files I like, I go to Lightroom and work on those raw files, import them to another folder as TIFF files, work on them with Photoshop (if necessary) and then put them in the finished folder. I also frequently can go from raw straight to jpeg in Lightroom if I don't have to do much to it.

Sometimes while going through Jpegs I'll open one up in Photoshop, work on it a touch, and then save it to the finished folder. This isn't really a good idea, but I do it anyway.

The point is that you shouldn't open jpegs to work on them, because a Jpeg is a finished photo. When you open it and then save it, you compress info that was already compressed in the first place. If you constantly open, adjust, save, open, adjust, save a jpeg, it's like pouring water from hand to hand. Eventually you'll have nothing.

You should always shoot in raw, and if you are kicking but or in a hurry, shoot raw + jpeg. But Jpeg is for finished photos.

Let me say this: I am deeply in love with Lightroom. It can do miracles with raw files.

Thank you. bw!

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Apr 27, 2013 14:27 as a reply to  @ MikeFairbanks's post |  #32

I shoot RAW and Small JPEG just for browsing when on the computer.

The Small JPEG takes up not too much data on the card.

I'm not as think as you confused I am..

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Apr 27, 2013 16:49 |  #33

I shoot RAW for most things. My T2i can't handle very many RAW shots in a row before buffering, so I'll switch to jpg for the action sequences, like when shooting emergency response drills.

Jim, in Iowa
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Apr 28, 2013 05:49 |  #34

RAW only but as I ETTR the JPEG's would be pretty useless anyway.


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