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04/23/2015 05:00:26 PM · #1
What do you shoot in and why?

I'm just starting out in digital and while I've read pro's and con's of eah via a google search- I'd be interested in what actually works for you and why.
04/23/2015 05:13:45 PM · #2
Always RAW and nothing but. I can't see shooting RAW+JPEG unless you have an immediate need to share/upload an image from where you're at. I'm also a little sloppy at times and RAW gives me a lot more room for tweaking afterward. I shot a lot of point and shoot stuff beforehand, so when I moved up to a DSLR I figured I wasted my money if I was just going to keep shooting JPEG.

Message edited by author 2015-04-23 17:14:25.
04/23/2015 05:29:18 PM · #3
I used to shoot only in RAW. With my SLRs I pretty much still do. Raw gives you a much bigger dynamic range, and the white balance is not "carved in stone".

With my Panny FZ1000 and my new Fuji XT-1 I've been shooting both JPEG and RAW (simultaneously, RAW+JPEG fine). And I've been thinking about workflow a lot with them.

When I've done this in the past, I'd basically delete the JPEGs because I always felt it's more important to have the RAW. With lightroom it's easy to create the jpeg.

But I also spend too much time editing and tinkering with settings. So I've personally been thinking about this as a workflow.

1) Shoot jpeg + raw
2) Back up the whole shoot to DVD or Bluray
3) Go through the shots on the computer, identify the "money shots", the ones that will be turned into "products" (in my case, that's photos for printing to standouts or canvas, or putting on my website for sale).
4) Delete the rest of the RAW files, keeping the smaller JPEGs.
5) Go through again and delete those not worth keeping.
6) Create products out of the money shots I selected.

Later, if I decide to do more work on a shot where I deleted the RAW and create a product, get it from the backup DVD/BD.

The reason I'm going this way, is that I have about 320,000 shots on my computer! Most of those are just RAW, and the TIF/PSDs that resulted from processing. It takes about 8TB of disk space (across a few disks). Because I hate to delete and now, it's a major time consuming task.

I've been trying to figure out a way to use Lightroom's smart preview feature to make this even more efficient...

1) Maybe take each year's folder, and put it on it's own external disk (all still in the same library)
2) Then create smart previews of everything
3) Then unplug the disk. Now I have the smart previews, and the disk gets put in the safe.
4) I can work on all the images via the smart previews, except to make large exports for printing. Then I need to grab the disk and plug it in. But basically, I have unlimited storage...just a safe full of hard disks.

Still thinking about it.

Message edited by author 2015-04-23 18:53:49.
04/23/2015 05:30:52 PM · #4
RAW and RAW ONLY!!! I will use RAW + Fine (JPEG) if I need to share the files before I will have time to work on them...doesn't happen often...but it's a feature my camera has so it's easy to do. But for any of my editing purposes...RAW
04/23/2015 05:31:36 PM · #5
For me, it depends.
Let's say I was setting up for something worthwhile (a portrait session, or even some product photography for insurance or selling purposes) - I would do just RAW. If I intend to keep it, it will get tweaked and worked, anyway.

However, if I'm bored and I'm grabbing my camera to go for a mini photo outing (city, botanical gardens, etc), I'll do both RAW and jpg. I know full well I'm only going for the fun of it, and may not even end up keeping any of the photos. However, I normally end up with at least one or two gems, that I DO want to keep. For those ones, I'm glad I have the RAW, which I tuck away elsewhere for safe keeping. For the others, jpg is quicker to preview (because not everything can handle RAW), to do a quick and dirty resize of a few shots to stick on Facebook or into an email to someone, etc.

I have enough room on the memory card, so I don't see why I should go through any extra steps to arrive at a jpg, when they are nothing special, anyway.
04/23/2015 05:37:04 PM · #6
RAW plus small jpeg. Jpeg is great for here, for FB. RAW so in the rare instance I get something phenomenal.... (ha!)
04/23/2015 05:50:37 PM · #7
Used to be Raw only, but since I made the switch to Fuji I shot Raw+Fine. The Jpegs from these Fuji cameras are so awesome and I love the film simulations. I think there are processing options for duplicating the film simulations but I really hate processing.
04/23/2015 06:24:43 PM · #8
Only and always RAW.
04/23/2015 06:26:57 PM · #9
I'm a stickler for image quality, and I cannot picture myself being locked in to the in-camera settings for WB, noise handling, etc., and to only have 8-bit data depth to work with. I shoot RAW, always. I remember when I made the transition, September of 2004; I thought "I'll try RAW for casual shooting this weekend, and see how it goes." I never went back to JPEG.

Edit for typo

Message edited by author 2015-04-23 18:27:23.
04/23/2015 07:18:05 PM · #10
I was taught since day one shoot in Raw, jpg is a sin LOL

However, the only time I ever ever shoot jpg is when it is in a minimal/basic challenge here, and I Have used them with my FLU card (wireless)-sending an image online or to someones smartphone immediatly or wanting to have upload access now for sending to family or friends.

I love shooting in raw because to me, RAW is like a negative from the old film.. you have to develop it and process it.
Jpg, you can do minor touches to it and go.

It depends on the person you are though, I know pros that shoot only jpg. But that is because that is what their business calls for and it requires immediate uploading or passing the image to the person that is getting it.
If your not gonna be wanting to spend minutes or hours in the processing time, Raw may not be for you.

For me, I find it more detailed and more stronger and powerful and it makes the image what you want it to be, it is a fun learning thing and I still have tons to learn and know from it.
I just wish photos were the same so you can have the same work flow every time but I am learning that's not the case so every new image has to be processed differently.

Do what is best for you in the end.

The sooner you can start learning the processing, shooting in raw, the more better your images will be in the long run.


Message edited by author 2015-04-23 19:23:53.
04/23/2015 07:29:33 PM · #11
B&W jpeg+RAW, just in case I prefer the colour version. Though I rarely edit many RAW shots as the Fuji Jpeg is such great quality.

04/23/2015 08:14:51 PM · #12
I shoot in raw & jpg.
I find if I get it right in camera a don't really need the raw file BUT I rarely get it right.
04/23/2015 10:13:12 PM · #13
Only RAW. Unless I'm entering a minimal challenge here. Which is almost never. Also, as others have stated, when a client wants to see the images immediately, or they want to select the images they want me to process. But most of the time, they want me to do the choosing, so almost never.
04/23/2015 10:32:24 PM · #14
Originally posted by jgirl57:

Jpg, you can do minor touches to it and go.

You can do a little more than that ...

My camera doesn't shoot RAW (without a firmware hack), and I'm not sure any of my computers would handle the files anyway ...
04/23/2015 10:56:45 PM · #15
RAW virtually 100% of the time. I really appreciate the additional head space to adjust exposure when shooting sports. The combination of dark and light jerseys along with constantly changing lighting conditions can make life difficult sometimes.
04/24/2015 06:10:53 AM · #16
RAW because white balance is a bitch. I see no point in fiddling getting that right in camera. its much quicker and easier to set auto and adjust it later.

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