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RAW or JPEG? Who's kidding who?

Shy Talk

Port Glasgow, UK
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Shy Talk Registered since 12th Jun 2010
Tue 19-Feb-13 11:55 AM

Quite apart from digital pix, I've recently been scanning negatives and positives from my youth.

I know a TIFF is not the same as a RAW, but the Coolscan V that I'm using outputs TIFFs.

I edit them a bit, then save them as JPEGS. (I save the TIFFs too)

Thing is, apart from the edits, they look exactly the same, quality wise.

If I save them as JPEGS without editing them, I simply cannot see any difference.

I've had a wee shot at using RAW in my modern Nikons, but I can't see any difference from the JPEGS that the camera outputs.

Now, I don't do much to my pix. Bit of cropping maybe, curves on a good day, sharpening a little....

Should I be shooting RAW?

For a minimalist pp' er like me, is there a real benefit?
The big downside would be reduction in pix per card plus computer clottage.

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