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Old 04-06-2007, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wandering which format you guys use jpg or raw? and was wandering what the pros & cons are between them, and which you guys recommend using? I use a canon 30D and have the capability to use both, but am wanting to know which is best.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look around a little bit and you'll find a discussion about this. The answer is "it depends".

Personally, I only shoot raw but people where seconds count may shoot jpegs (like photojournalists).
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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for me, Jpeg. the difference i see is so minimal i don't see the point in using it. also i shot a gig for a model in raw caus her guy wanted the highest quality pix. then after i put them on a cd and gave em to her i realized that she couldn't view raw on her computer. so i had to go and convert all the pix (over 400) one at a time to jpeg.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I also have the 30D; great camera. I started using JPEG only and have evolved pretty much to RAW only for set-ups I want to frame or for assignments. The reason I have done this change is first is to keep the image information maximized before I post process.

I use the Canon or Capture One software as my first editing tool for cropping and white balance adjustment, etc. I then post process with my friends Photoshop (its comming this spring!). I found that my 8 x 10's have come out a little cleaner where I have cropped.

I have shot film for quite a few years and still believe in getting the best 'mechanical' shot with minimal post processing.

I admit that I am always a suspicious of automation in photography. Its an issue that I have strong feelings about. To take from RAW and make the adjustments I control improves my comfort level. I agree that it is more work to post process but for me, that's fine.

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Old 04-06-2007, 12:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I also have the 30d and love it but I use a combination of both RAW and JPG depending on the job. If I am doing a wedding or model work I use the RAW JPG combo (always large fine) and if I am shooting a party I will use Large fine JPG. I guess I am saying use what you think you will need depending on the situation.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm in post production and raw is the ONLY way some times. The point is you can go back and fix things as if you were re shooting.

oh... and the highest quality pic would be tiff to give a client, never raw.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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... and the highest quality pic would be tiff to give a client, never raw.
Again, this would depend on the end usage as most people do not have a program capable of reading TIFFs. JPGs on the otherhand, because it is the defacto image formate, are readable by anyone. Plus TIFFs tend to be large file sizes...ie. slower reading and appearing huge on the screen.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Again, this would depend on the end usage as most people do not have a program capable of reading TIFFs. JPGs on the otherhand, because it is the defacto image formate, are readable by anyone. Plus TIFFs tend to be large file sizes...ie. slower reading and appearing huge on the screen.
If you don't already have it, Irfanview is an excellent FREE viewing program. It reads/writes, gif, jpg, tif and many others.

http://www.irfanview.com/
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I also have the 30d and love it but I use a combination of both RAW and JPG depending on the job. If I am doing a wedding or model work I use the RAW JPG combo (always large fine) and if I am shooting a party I will use Large fine JPG. I guess I am saying use what you think you will need depending on the situation.
Keep in mind that with the 30D, when you choose RAW, you are getting a 1500x1000 JPG file embedded in the RAW image, so unless you need a really bid JPG, you don't need the RAW+JPG. You do need a program to batch extract the embedded JPG. I use BreezeBrowser Pro for this, but the Canon software will also do it (I've been told). For weddings, I extract the JPGs directly from the CF card to the laptop (which takes only 60-90 seconds for a 1gb card as opposed to 7 or 8 minutes to copy the 1gb contents to the laptop. I then show a slide show during the reception. Works great.

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for me, Jpeg. the difference i see is so minimal i don't see the point in using it. also i shot a gig for a model in raw caus her guy wanted the highest quality pix. then after i put them on a cd and gave em to her i realized that she couldn't view raw on her computer. so i had to go and convert all the pix (over 400) one at a time to jpeg.
so now
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There are a number of tools to automate the process of creating JPGs from the RAW images. I just Photoshop CS3. I just set the RAW converter on Auto, and then select all the images, and then Save them as JPG. You can choose the size, quality, output folder and even do custom renaming. Takes about 4-5 seconds per image, but it all automatic once started. Also read my other post in this thread about extracting the embedded JPG that is in almost all RAW file formats (that's automatable and even faster).

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