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Do you shoot RAW or RAW + JPEG?

Do you shoot RAW or RAW + JPEG?

  • RAW

    Votes: 51 65.4%
  • RAW + JPEG

    Votes: 21 26.9%
  • Something else

    Votes: 6 7.7%

  • Total voters
    78

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Sep 25, 2010
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I always shoot RAW + JPEG although I pretty much never have any use for the JPEG file. My thinking was always "hey why not" and "maybe it will come in handy some day" but maybe I'm just wasting sd card space. What do you think?
 

someoldguy

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Aug 2, 2009
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RAW , unless I screw up settings somehow . Can't see littering up storage with JPEG's I'm only going to delete
 
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mollyc

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Aug 18, 2016
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Raw. I edit everything even jpegs from my phone and GoPro. I would never be satisfied with a dslr jpeg.
 
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robgendreau

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Jul 13, 2008
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RAW. Even on my iPhone now. Really no point in JPEG. I can convert in-camera if I need to, as if I need to copy something off the SD card to someone who can't deal with RAW. And you can always generate a JPEG in post on the computer or mobile.

And they just get in the way. Like having duplicates of all your photos.

When HEIF comes to town I may reconsider for some shots, depending on how it works. Since it's a container, might be useful. But I doubt I'll give up RAW for the majority of stuff.
 
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dwig

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Jan 4, 2015
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Key West FL
I'm the guy that checked "something else" because I shoot mostly RAW only, but occasionally shoot JPEG only. I never shoot RAW+JPEG.

I have two custom settings, my camera has 3 such user programmable settings, that sets the camera for JPEG only, one at the base ISO and one at a reasonably elevated ISO. I use these for some quick shots where the in-camera JPEG conversion is adequate and a simpler workfow is valuable.

My serious shooting is always done RAW only. I use Lr/Ps for post processing and find the JPEGs of no use for my serious work. I'm adept enough in handling cameras that I can change settings as needed. I'm not so lazy, or lazy brained, that I need to shoot both so I can think about which I need later and my shooting never puts me in the position of needing a fast JPEG in the field while I want a RAW for serious post processing later.
 
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Zenithal

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Sep 10, 2009
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With my DSLRs I always go for RAW+JPEG. JPEG for quick viewing only on the computer. Otherwise, RAW, as JPEGs of that caliber eat up space fast. Granted, memory cards are cheaper now than 2010.
 
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Stefan johansson

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Apr 13, 2017
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Sweden
For me,it depends on what I shoot,and environmental circumstances like Ishtar conditions. Of course,taking photos of Air shows or motor racing in perfect daylight works well with JPEG for me,but for studio portraits,I always use RAW.
 
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Foogoofish

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Jun 12, 2011
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London
I just got one of the cables to attach my dslr to my iPad (as I no longer have a laptop). Think I will try jpeg + raw today, as 25mb files fills an iPad very quickly!! Then when I'm back on my Pro I can use the raw files there for actual real editing.
 
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TheDrift-

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Mar 8, 2010
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Raw if one card slot.

In my camera with dual cards then raw, and one large SD card writing Jpgs just in case.
 
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marka351

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Aug 29, 2015
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Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Right now my camera has two card slots so I shoot both RAW and JPEG. I am currently only using the JPEG and have the RAW ready as I plan to learn Lightroom over Christmas break. Once I figure out Lightroom I should have a number of pictures to practice with.
 
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mofunk

macrumors 68020
Aug 26, 2009
2,419
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Americas
Last time I shot jpeg I was working an event. The room was red and everyone had on red. It was very tasking to fix some of the photos post edit. So now its RAW every day.

Now I have dual slots. The first slot is for RAW and second is set to Video and overflow of RAW.
 
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entropi

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May 20, 2008
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RAW + JPEG: I weed out almost all photos, out of 150 shots of, for example extended family photos, only around 20 are saved and of them maybe 10 also as raws if they were any extra "good".
 
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Indydenny

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Jan 5, 2002
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Midwest
Raw normally unless I'm traveling. Then one card Raw and second slot jpeg because it loads so much faster on the iPad and allows me to backup photos. Save the Raw card until returning home.
 
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ApfelKuchen

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Aug 28, 2012
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I used to shoot RAW+JPEG, on the theory that I might need to quickly upload a finished JPEG for a publication deadline. It just never happened. Meantime, it wasted space and slowed down transfers from camera/card to computer/iPad.

The Apple ecosystem is built for RAW. MacOS has built-in RAW profiles for all but the newest cameras, and generates its own JPEGs for screen preview and export. It comes down to a choice of whether you want in-camera JPEG conversion, or in-computer conversion. Since I nearly always edit my "good" shots, I don't care whether the in-camera JPEG might be better than the JPEG from my Mac - the only JPEG that matters will be derived from an edited RAW.
 
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tgara

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Jul 17, 2012
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Raw normally unless I'm traveling. Then one card Raw and second slot jpeg because it loads so much faster on the iPad and allows me to backup photos. Save the Raw card until returning home.

My travel workflow is similar on my 5DIII, except the RAW backs up the JPG, not the other way round. :D
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The Apple ecosystem is built for RAW.

Not really. The Apple ecosystem, as far as photos are concerned, is to make photos from the iPhone look good.
 
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ApfelKuchen

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Aug 28, 2012
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My travel workflow is similar on my 5DIII, except the RAW backs up the JPG, not the other way round. :D
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Not really. The Apple ecosystem, as far as photos are concerned, is to make photos from the iPhone look good.

This is clearly a value judgement, not a technical assessment. The OS recognizes RAW, and opens the file using the appropriate RAW profile. If you use Finder, Photos, iPhoto, Image Capture, Preview, or Aperture, they display a converted RAW and/or allow you to edit from the RAW file.

You may not like that you have no control over this behavior (substituting your own, customized RAW profile, let's say). You may prefer working with more sophisticated image editing tools (which is your privilege), but if Apple's only purpose was to support iPhone photography, it would need none of this.
 
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boast

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Nov 12, 2007
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Both. I upload the jpeg directly to iCloud sharing.

By the time I would get around editing 1,000+ RAW photos, everyone else would of already posted the vacation pictures from their phones and be satisfied
 
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bunnspecial

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May 3, 2014
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On a two slot camera-usually RAW on the primary card and JPEG on the secondary. On a single slot camera, RAW only.

With that said, I have at least one camera I still use some where I am not happy with any of the available RAW converters and I can get better JPEGs out of it aside from the that RAW also bogs the camera down intolerably. The camera is a bit of an oddball-a Fuji FinePix S3 Pro. I love the colors that I get straight from in-camera JPEGs(in Film 2 mode, AKA Velvia emulation mode) but it's dated and obscure enough now that Lightroom honestly doesn't give me satisfactory RAW conversions and the Fuji software is a royal pain to use.
 
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tgara

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Jul 17, 2012
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This is clearly a value judgement, not a technical assessment. The OS recognizes RAW, and opens the file using the appropriate RAW profile. If you use Finder, Photos, iPhoto, Image Capture, Preview, or Aperture, they display a converted RAW and/or allow you to edit from the RAW file.

You may not like that you have no control over this behavior (substituting your own, customized RAW profile, let's say). You may prefer working with more sophisticated image editing tools (which is your privilege), but if Apple's only purpose was to support iPhone photography, it would need none of this.

Of course it's not the ONLY purpose. Thinking otherwise is foolish. What I mean is that the apple ecosystem is really set up for optimizing photos from the iPhone, with or without RAW support. Yes, Apple includes additional raw support for the creative folks out there, but that's in part to allow third-party developers to Develop plug ins for Photos and give some flexibility to the system. Make no mistake: Apple is concerned about photos from the iPhone and how they look and work on Apple devices.... not photos from your canon camera or Nikon camera or Fuji camera or any other camera.
 
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