Shooting in RAW

I have been told that shooting in RAW for every single photo is a good habit and worth to do. I usually takes photo with JPEG Fine and it works pretty good but consider to change to RAW since the quality requirement from stock agencys is getting more and more high nowadays. The thing is change to RAW will bring me extra costs and time to deal with. I have to buy software which can process RAW files and spend more time to convert RAW to JPEG, also a space issue can be occur since RAW file need much more space than JPEG. And, I dont think save file in RAW is safe because of the software version, maybe in the VERY future you will find that you can not open those RAW files since there is no suitabel or compatible software can open for. So, is it worth to go especially for microstocks?

And, I just curious to know how many DTers here shooting their photo in RAW format in every single photot?

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December 15, 2008


Thanks for all you guys helpful comments here. I will start shoot in both RAW and JPEG now just like you guys suggested.

December 13, 2008


I shoot RAW, love being able to adjust and correct in this format. And, like Creativei, store on a terabyte external hard drive which is both practical and cost effective.

December 13, 2008


I shoot RAW and JPEG for all the reasons of my fellow intelligent photographers here. It's just good common business practice to have both. The difference is when I edit I have to decide on what the image needs are to look better. If its needs basic sharpening, contrast, etc then I will use the JPEG to save time. If the image needs extensive editing: cropping, touch up, blurring, etc I will use the RAW file because of the extra data stored in the RAW file. It all depends on how much work is needed to make the image better for viewing. Until there is a standard I will shoot both.

December 13, 2008


I shoot both, in JPEG and RAW. I don't know others cameras, but my Nikon D80 allows me at same time safe the pictures in both formats: JPEG fine and RAW. Obviously it gets more space in the memory and I'm just already learning to process the RAW formats, but... I think it's the better way to learn.

December 13, 2008


I recently started shooting in RAW. I have the software but I still can't catch the difference between processing JPEG and RAW. The final results look the same. I have to learn a lot.

December 12, 2008


Well I shoot most of my images now in RAW, earlier I used to shoot only jpeg, very recently i started using raw, Well these days storage is not an issue, I have one terabyte external harddrive which comes very cheap.

December 12, 2008


I always shoot in RAW, though it does slow down and increase per photo cost in many aspects. You can get a RAW to DNG converter and convert all your photos if you are worried about conversion in the future - but you are correct that there is some risk is shooting RAW only. I'm of the opinion that it is highly unlikely that Canon and Nikon (or someone) wouldn't offer a converter down the road if RAW became obsolete. Probably the best option is to shoot both JPG and RAW so you can avoid dealing with RAW unless you have to. "Only" downside is storage space and file transfer time. It is kind of like VHS in my opinion - even when phased out there is a long transition and many options to transfer to another system, whatever it is.

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