RAW+JPG vs. iPhoto JPG from RAW

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rufhausen, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. rufhausen macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    Littleton, CO
    If I'm managing my photos in iPhoto and shooting in RAW, is there any value at all to shooting RAW+JPG since iPhoto is apparently creating a JPG from the RAW file on import?
    Is the JPG using RAW+JPG coming from the camera going to be of much higher quality than what iPhoto creates?
  2. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    the jpg from the camera will have in-camera processing applied to it, which changes depending on your settings. the iPhoto preview won't.

    i don't think there's any point in using RAW + Jpg.
  3. sonor macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    London, UK
    RAW files actually have jpegs embedded within them, whether you shoot RAW+jpg or just RAW. These jpegs are used by a lot of photo editing applications for quick image previews.

    I use a free plug-in to extract the embedded jpegs...


    When I right-click on a folder of RAW files I have the option to generate a new folder of extracted jpegs. It's very quick - a fraction of a second per jpeg.

    The jpegs have the in-camera settings applied to them

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