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Old 04-13-2005, 12:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got my Epson R1800 and are doing some testing. I shoot with the Oly E-1 mostly in RAW and are using RSE to convert to 16 bit tiff in aRGB. From here I open it in PS and print to the Epson in 16 bit aRGB with great result.

The Epson take aRGB files so there I'm safe so I tried some 8 bit JPG's and could not see any difference in the 9x12 printouts. So the question is if I have all parameters set in camera such as WB etc and shoot in JPG I will save myself the converting time, get more shots per card and less storage needs.

I'm not rtying to start another RAW vs JPG war here, but what is the norm? I probably won't go higher than 9x12 so is it worth the extra time?

Different cameras also gives different result so I'm looking mostly for feed back from Oly shooters. On my S2 I shot mostly JPG except for my nature stuff.
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Re: RAW, JPG, 8 and 16 bit, sRGB and Adobe and printing
Old 04-13-2005, 01:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You gain the most from RAW when you have photos where you didn't get the white balance right or you didn't get the exposure right. RAW gives you the ability to save a photo with exposure problem and to pick any WB you want. The other advantage is when the scene is beyond the tonal range of the camera. You can use RAW processed twice and merge the results to retain a wider tonal range. For routine shooting I don't think RAW is worth the extra effort. But when shooting where you want the best results and the extra safety factor, RAW can prove advantageous.
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mr. Smith has some great points about shooting RAW over Jpeg's. But myself when I'm at work, I shoot high quality jpeg's just becasue I don't need to have the exif information, have a small memory card (32mb) and just don't need all of the advantages of shooting Raw files. I think that both file format's have redeeming qualities as well as pitfalls, it just comes down to what you need.

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I shoot RAW with a Nikon just by default but it seems that in the situation you're talking about it make sense to skip the RAW conversion. I generally like TIFs over JPEGs just because JPEGs can get screwed up by compression if you open and save them in without watching the params; Tifs support layers too.

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