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Offline Suka

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RAW or Jpeg
« on: December 24, 2015, 06:27:21 PM »
Can't remember if I asked this before-brain/memory not working very well lately.  I started out using RAW all the time once I got a camera that was able to shoot in RAW.  That was a few years ago.  Now, I'm really not all that interested in spending a lot of time in PP.  So, I have recently changed my camera setting to Jpeg.  Any one else done this?  Am I loosing out on anything?  I use to like doing a lot of PP, but really don't have the time for it anymore.  Any input would be great.

Offline Doodle

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Re: RAW or Jpeg
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2015, 07:29:02 PM »
My quick (and highly uninformed) opinion would be, if you are happy with the results you are getting in jpg, why not shoot in it?  Especially when it comes to birding and animals...if you are getting good clear shots you don't really need raw.  And you can still use some of the filters and sliders in LR on jpegs too if you really wanted to.
My guess is, if you don't need raw, don't mess with it.  I think your enjoyment is more important than wondering if raw is 'proper' or not.
Keep us (me) posted as to how you are faring with shooting jpeg. Good luck bud!
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

Offline Ochotona

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Re: RAW or Jpeg
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2015, 09:06:33 PM »
 First, I like Doodle's reply, but for me I'll stick with RAW, even if the only thing I do with lightroom is import from the camera and immediately export to jpegs. You just never know when you might get that once in a lifetime shot that you might wish you had the full flexibility of a RAW file for processing. You could also do what a lot of folks here do and save your shots as RAW and jpeg. If you never need to open the RAWs then great, but you've got if you ever want them.

Offline AndyCivil

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Re: RAW or Jpeg
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2015, 09:11:30 PM »
Yeah, you did ask before  :D and my answer still stands!
http://www.t2iforum.com/1/raw-or-jpeg-11717/

Offline Doodle

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Re: RAW or Jpeg
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2015, 12:21:34 PM »
I agree with them both about shooting both ways (I love Andy's answer in that he is so thorough to research previous answers!) but with one caveat: storage.
This is the reason I don't shoot both.  I don't trust off site (from my home to the 'cloud') storage and I just do NOT have that much room.
I'll keep shooting raw but hope to find the instances where I could move over to jpeg (and back as needed) to save on time and space.
Ocho has a great point: what if you are shooting jpeg and that "Once In A Lifetime" shot comes along and you didn't nail it in jpeg?  That is paranoia but totally plausible in my eyes. 
I suppose one could shoot both but then be RELIGIOUS about culling the good from the bad right after uploading them into the computer.  That is the one thing I am horrible guilty of NOT doing like I should. If I did...maybe shooting in both would be the way to go.
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

Offline Ochotona

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Re: RAW or Jpeg
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2015, 08:06:50 PM »
Storage isn't too much of a problem. I use USB hard drives. Last one I bought was 2TB for $60 on sale. Pretty cheap and very convenient. I sync my USB drive to Lightroom so only my catalogue is on my internal drive.  All my RAW file live only on USB drives.  Heck, you could almost just keep buying 16 or 32 GB SD cards and filing the old ones these days.