Shooting raw versus .jpg images


I shoot raw images so it’s a cinch to make .jpg images with Adobe Lightroom to share.  But I’ve been learning that for various reasons quite a few photographers only shoot .jpg.  Some of the reasons given seem sound yet others short-sighted.  So I was pleased to come across a terrific UTube video illustrating why you want to shoot in RAW if your goal is–like mine–to end up with the very best photo quality.  The video was done by Toronto’s Gallery 44 on their 44widegallery’s channel.

For technical explanation of RAW files,  Luminous Landscape has a nice one. However, I no longer agree with their conclusion that the ideal solution is to shoot raw and .jpg at the same time.  I used to believe this and I actually switched from Canon to Nikon for that very reason when I bought my first digital camera (a D70).  At the time 8 years ago Canon didn’t have a camera in my price range with that option and I didn’t know a thing about processing digital images so bought Nikon’s D70.  It was a good decision at the time, but now that I have Adobe Lightroom under my belt and am slogging my way through an Adobe Photoshop class, I’ll never take a .jpg again other than with my iPhone.

I will share the reasons why I recently upgraded to a new Nikon D7000 with the Nikkor 18-200 zoom lens soon.  For now, let me just say that it’s happiness in a black metal/plastic box.

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