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If you have a camera that can capture Raw images, how often do you shoot in Raw?
I always shoot in Raw nowadays, I don't bother with Jpeg anymore. 41%  41%  [ 12 ]
I occasionally shoot in Raw if it's a one off special scene that I want to be perfect. 28%  28%  [ 8 ]
I usually shoot at least 1 Raw image for each location I'm at or subject I'm shooting. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
About 50/50, sometimes Raw, sometimes Jpeg. 10%  10%  [ 3 ]
I always shoot 1 Raw image for every 1 Jpeg I shoot. 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
I always shoot 1 Raw image for every 1 Jpeg I shoot. 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
I don't bother with Raw at all. It takes up too much precious storage space and I can't really be bothered with all the post processing because most people can't tell the difference anyway. 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
What the hell is Raw? 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
I haven't shot in Raw yet, but I am interested in trying it out. 10%  10%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 29
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:50 am 
I'm doing a whole course on Photoshop and I'm still in two minds about shooting in Raw. When I get my D80 I'm sure I'll take a few Raw images and have a play around with them in PS to see what they're like. So anyway, I thought I'd run this poll to see what other people do and how often and it'd be really interesting to hear from people who do all the post processing of raw images and find that it really does make a huge difference.

Apologies if I missed any options, I tried to cover everything I could think of.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:58 am 
I occasionally shoot in Raw if it's a one off special scene that I want to be perfect.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:35 am 
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Hi Cr4zYH3aD, I agree - me too...

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I never even think about it. My RAW+jpeg is always on.
You have to see what you can get out of a RAW to believe it. My feeling is at least one stop in highlights and an additional stop in the shadows.
This together with the excellent metering of the D80 is an insurance that you never have to bother about exposure :idea:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:17 am 
My D80 is pretty much set to Jpeg-normal with the occasional shot in RAW.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:39 pm 
I went for 50/50


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I only ever shoot in RAW. Unless images were being taken for email purposes I really can't understand why anyone would want to shoot any other way. I can always get a better result from a RAW after some pp than the camera comes up with in JPEG. I can understand why Thomas might use both but I'm at a loss to understand why someone would only shoot in JPEG. No offence guys.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:15 am 
I'm shooting exclusively in RAW nowadays - but I will switch to JPEG if/when longer bursts are needed...

Darrin


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:53 pm 
I am doing a lot more shooting purely raw these days, it has happened since I downloaded the trial version of Nikon Capture NX, it deals with colours and white balance a lot more accurately than PS ever did with my camera, it also seems to offer a less complicated and more logical way of dealing with processing of shots. I liked it that much I bought a copy, or at least will when stock is available here down under. The processing applied by Capture NX is no more time consuming to achieve a decent shot in raw as it is in jpg but the results seem so far to be very good.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:44 am 
Thanks for voting and for your contributions. Well I had to go for my last option...haven't tried it yet but looking forward to trying it when I get my D80.

The more I read from other forums, it really seems to be a love hate thing. Some people swear by it and would never go back to jpeg and others don't want anything to do with Raw. As for me, I love playing around with Photoshop and I'm looking forward to using ACR for the first time. I think in the beginning I better stick with Raw + Jpeg though because with the amount of pics I plan to take in Hong Kong, it'd probably take me a year to process all the Raw files :D


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Oh, don't get me wrong. Although I always shoot RAW I also let the Camera produce a standard or small jpeg for easier handling.
So I use both.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:04 pm 
I never shoot in raw because I haven't got any software to do any pp. One day maybe I'll get some, then regret not shooting in raw from the outset...

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I never shoot in raw because I haven't got any software to do any pp. One day maybe I'll get some, then regret not shooting in raw from the outset...

Tony

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Tony, if you want to try RAW, you could always download a trial version of Capture NX or Lightroom...

Even if you never intend to shoot exclusively in RAW (or don't yet have PP software), I would recommend using the format when you see a real killer shot or one you think you might tweak it in the future. It's great to have that 'digital negative' with all the info should you need it in the future.

RAW plus JPEG is a great option, although if your camera shoots a lower quality JPEG in RAW plus JPEG mode, I'd shoot two versions instead. One just in RAW and one in best quality JPEG mode.

Gordon


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:31 pm 
Yes I certainly would like to try RAW...I'll check out the trial versions you and Andrew mentioned Gordon.

What did you have in mind Z?

I'm off to the North coast of Scotland extremely early tomorrow morning for a four day whisky tour, so I'll be out of touch till I get back (er, literally I hope!).

Here's tae ye!

Tony


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