to preface: I have been shooting photos since film days and am on my second DSLR (D7000). I have tried using RAW once before and didn't see the benefits at the time. (they seemed pretty much like the JPGs I was shooting and didnt understand the post-production aspect of them...was using Photoshop at the time.) Fast forward to today. I have decided over the past year to take some more risks and try different things, one of them was going back to RAW format as many photogs say how awesome it is. My first attempts (month ago) were pretty good. But I was shooting/importing both the RAW & JPG files. I decided for my recent trip to Disney to just force myself into RAW and some manual shooting. I corrected these RAW images in Aperture. Similar to my method now-a-days for JPG shooting. It seemed to me the import took longer but since I almost ALWAYS edit my photo the post production wasnt too big an issue. Anyway, I want to show (sort of) the difference in using RAW vs JPG. *for starters, I know that the Original file here is not the same as if it was a JPG Original (JPGs are saved with certain presets from the camera...sharpening, color saturation, etc) but this at least gives you a pretty close idea and knowing that I have shot similar mistakes before with JPG that I can only correct so far before tossing it out. OH, and the shot was taken with 1600 ISO, I think I had it that way the night before and forgot to change it...the next few shots of Spaceshipp Earth I shot at 100 ISO. OK, so the Original is based off the Untouched RAW file. (this is the BRIGHTEST image) Then I corrected the RAW and corrected the JPG (as best I could). Normally they say you have better results bringing light into an underexposed RAW file but also have leeway with overexposed shots too. I was shocked at how much I was able to get out of this shot. especially seeing detail where i thought it was white/overexposed And yes, this isnt the greatest shot or correction but I figured Id take a stab at editing it anyway. Original* (based off untouched RAW file, not original JPG) Edited JPEG "fix" Edited RAW "fix" anyway, take what you will from this. I know RAW is not a fix for everything. but it seemed to hold more depth to work with.