The raw workflow

For those who haven't yet appreciated the benefit of RAW format I advise to take a close examination of the argument. I am one that in my first year and half in microstock shooted just plain jpegs. Then find out that shooting in RAW and including it into my post-processing workflow was something incredibly useful.

Since then I haven't looked back anymore (jpeg what? :-) and I assure you that my acceptance ratio was improving enormously.

RAW format allow you to better correct, not only the usual mistakes (blown highlights or undersposure), but especially noise and sharpen your images as you can only dream after the image has been processed by the camera and output in jpeg or tiff format.

Here you can find some useful articles about raw image processing:

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Angelasharris

I look forward to having a new camera wit raw capabilities! Thanks for your useful and inspirational article!

Azathoth973

Yes, the drawback of the raw+jpg option is that it requires a HUGE memory card... (I've got a Nikon D300 too, with 8 GB cf cards...). D300's jpgs are often great! Expecially if you shoot in A mode with EV down to -0,3 or -0,7 (camera tends a little bit to overexpose, imho).

Azathoth973

I agree, raw file is often far more flexible and better than simple jpg... But sometimes the cam-jpgs are very good too, and quick (no slow workflow required...), so I believe that the best way is to use the "Raw + Jpg" option in the cam settings... if the Jpg is good enough, you can use it quickly without the usual slow and annoying workflow (sharpening, denoising, conversion ecc...). Some cams often generate extremely good jpgs with the proper settings and the proper exposure, even at high ISOs.

Aughty

Thanks for sharing this. I'm a strong believer too in the power of RAW.

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