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Lorena Simon

Shoot Both JPEG and Raw?

I would like to take some pictures in JPEG and Raw quality. If I do that, can I choose after taking the pictures and view the results to use a processing software? And if I don't use it, can I choose the JPEG quality to print the picture even if I used the JPEG and Raw?
Thanks for your advice!

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11/2/2009 6:29:48 AM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  I would just learn to shoot Raw and leave it at that. If you need to make adjustments to an image, you will not want to make them to the JPEG. I guess the JPEGs could be useful if you were planning on doing quick proof sheets ... but you can do this just as well with a Photoshop action. Others may have creative uses for shooting two files ... but I think it is unnecessary. I like to keep things simple and streamlined. Two of every image leads to complexity.
I hope that helps!

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11/2/2009 6:46:41 AM

Lorena Simon   thank you Richard: I will try to do it in RAW and see what happens.... I let you know because I am new in this... regards

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11/2/2009 7:42:30 AM

Kathryn Wesserling
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2005
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  The only advantage to shooting both is that I can upload a ton of unedited .jpg images to a site like Snapfish or Shutterfly so family/friends can view my life immediately. I shot Disney World entirely in RAW, and will be lucky to edit a large count of them (1650+!!!) for viewing by next March!

But, then again - the quality of my RAW versions are stellar, comparatively.

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11/2/2009 2:27:40 PM

Lorena Simon   Thank you Katty for your advice; I hope you finished soon to edit your Disney trip Photos!!!!

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11/2/2009 2:58:47 PM

Luis Curran   Many photographers like to shoot in B&W while still retaining the quality which RAW provides. If your camera can do it, set your camera to shoot in both RAW and JPEG and set your JPEG to B&W.

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11/10/2009 9:44:01 AM

doug Nelson   I am relatively new to digital SLR shooting. I am seeing too many of my shots that SHOULD have been RAW. Blown highlights is the bane of digital. RAW can deal with it to some degree. JPG's are too easily wrecked. I am tending to shooting both, for the instant feedback need of JPG and the increased flexibility of RAW.

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11/10/2009 11:36:53 AM

Barend Frielink
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/30/2005
  I always shoot both (Fine JPEG and RAW). Given the large capacity of memory cards no reason not to do it. On my computer I review which RAW images are worth keeping for further processing. The rest of the RAW images I discard (saves space and time), and rely on the JPEG images (which are mostly good quality) for albums and websites. Processing in RAW does provide much flexibility and is real fun, but costs time, and I can only do it with selected images.

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11/11/2009 12:35:14 AM

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