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I understand completely that raw will only be used occasionally, I merely snapped a couple shots so that I could actually see for myself what working with a raw file was like in Photoshop. I keep the camera set to jpeg 99% of the time and will continue to do so.

Ive been lurking the photography section here as well as a cannon forum recently just reading and trying to get inspiration to go out and take better shots.
i understand. just remember if you want to take full advantage of the RAW format you NEED to either get a better monitor or color calibrate it otherwise if you decide to print anything and you edited on an uncalibrated or sub-par monitor then your prints' colors will suffer.
Edited by Ctrl+Alt+Del - 3/15/11 at 2:52pm
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PS CS* can open that format. Although...if you dont have the Camera RAW plugin you need to DL it from the Adobe site for your version of PS.

...you need to ask yourself though: what do i need RAW for? Sure RAW has more editing capability, but what are you trying to accomplish with RAW that you cant with JPEG. im not trying to discourage you from using it, I have just seen too many people be misinformed about the uses of RAW and therefore over use it when JPEG is good enough.


you lose image data(not noticeable) in jpeg format. About the only more you can do in PS with a RAW image is open it in the Camera RAW plugin and adjust what needs to be adjusted. Now im not saying thatss all but the dynamic range is slightly greater as well.Outside of that most Pro's(they make 100% of their income from photography) I know here in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas shoot JPEG over RAW anyways.

For example:

These were shot in Fine quality, Large res jpeg on my D90
Yes, but there's no reason not to shoot RAW. It doesn't present any disadvantages to do so (quite the opposite), unless you count larger file size and slower burst rate a disadvantage (logical for sports shooters). And RAW is more than just extra dynamic range. RAW images produce sharper converted JPEGS and record a range of data that is lost to JPEGs SOOC, such as white balance and exposure.

As Marin said, RAW is like a film negative, and JPEGs SOOC are like instant film. It allows you to make corrections not possible with a JPEG SOOC. Of course, getting the most from a shot to begin with is important, but by shooting JPEG only, you're assigning the decision making regarding sharpness, WB, etc. to the camera instead of yourself and limiting the best possible IQ for the final shot.

Pros who shoot JPEGs do so because of publishing deadlines for large amounts of files and/or often images that are printed small or where IQ isn't critically important enough to justify RAW (sports and journalism). I know that paparazzi (technically "pros," right?) shoot JPEGs only so that their buffers don't fill up when firing off burst after burst of shots of celebrities, and so that they can immediately send files after taking them (watch the next red carpet event and you will see paparazzi with laptops uploading and sending shots as they take them).

That makes sense in that context, but for someone (pro or amateur) who focuses more on refining individual shots (like most of us here), RAW is essential.
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