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 Post subject: Should I shoot in Raw?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:48 pm 
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Hi I have a new Olympus and it is a while since having a SLR Camera. I am just wondering should I shoot in RAW or HQ jpg mode?.

File size is not an issue.

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Hi Geoff,

It doesn't have to be either/or. Shoot in Olympus ORF format plus JPEG unless you need to fire off long continuous bursts which fill the camera's buffer too quickly.

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Shoot in RAW in almost every situation. It gives you a lot more possibilities for post-processing.

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Well I think my 4GB compact flash cards should hold a few pictures, I just hope the battery can keep up. :?


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I think i can shoot around 370 RAW pics with my EOS 400D, also on a 4gb card.

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Raw Vs Jpeg
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Olympus-Geoff wrote:
Hi I have a new Olympus and it is a while since having a SLR Camera. I am just wondering should I shoot in RAW or HQ jpg mode?


It depends on the final use of the photo and your available time to post process it.
If you want your photos for large printing and serious stuff, then go RAW. Image quality is just superior.

If you want your photos to publish them in your blog or sharing through internet just for fun, then I see no problem using HQ JPEG.

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I choose raw for the flexibility in post processing. Since memory is so cheap it shouldn't necessarily be a factor anymore. Another argument is the post processing time involved with using raw files, but I don't think that's much of a concern anymore either. ACR, and Lightroom both have very efficient workflows that allow you to edit raw images as fast as jpegs. Any extra time that you might save editing jpeg images is far outweighed by the IQ benefits of raw.

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I have to second what's already been said here. If you don't intend to print large versions, or severely post-process, then fine jpegs will be adequate. But shooting RAW will give you more flexibility afterwards to edit, generate HDRs and increase print size with much less IQ loss. And with RAW, you generally do not have to worry about white balance when you shoot; that can be easily corrected.

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Photoj wrote:
And with RAW, you generally do not have to worry about white balance when you shoot; that can be easily corrected.


Well said, this is probably the biggest reason for me to shoot raw. White balance can be taken care of much easier in raw.

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Shoot RAW if file size is not an issue.

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The difference between RAW and high quality JPEGs is not really noticeable until you blow up the image quite a bit.

That being said, JPEG is a compressed format.

It's an eternal dilemma: most shots are not really that noteworthy and JPEG is just fine for that. Then one day you get that killer-shot - you now the one that you'd like a movie poster-size blow up of..and then you're set for JPEG..lol.

If you frequently do large prints of images, I'd say RAW - just in case that award-winning shot happens :-)


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Yes, not only is JPEG compressed spatially meaning a potential loss of resolution at high compression settings but at 8 bits per channel it has less graduations between white and black than the 12 or 14 bit resolution of RAW files. Hence the potential problems recovering shadow detail.

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Thanks everyone for the input, Memory is not a problem so I shall try RAW and see how I get on, I have also downloaded a valuation copy of Lightroom. If I like that then I shall buy.


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