I confuse easily, especially when it comes to Lightroom!
Now I have the ability to convert to .dng while taking my images from my card to Lightroom. So now it appears that after all is said and done, I have a RAW image, a .dng image, then a .psd after post-processing and then a .jpg if I want to make a copy to email. How an anyone say that converting to .dng safes file space if the RAW image is still kept? Or am I missing something?
The idea is to store the raw offline, or not at all, after converting to dng. When you're satisfied with your psd, you can delete the dng, if the raw is stored safely in your backup archive. And jpg files are never imported to LR in the first place. They are exported from the master images and never seen by LR again.
Thank you for your quick and very clear response. I am confused by the suggestion to delete the .dng. I thought the reason for converting from RAW to .dng was for the future when RAW may not be recognized?
Just skip the dng entirely. It's a completely unnecessary step until the day comes when nikon and adobe both drop support for the nef format. When that day comes - if it comes - then you can convert. Personally I'm not expecting to have to worry about that problem.
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1. Just as Brian said, there are very few reasons for converting to dng, so you may skip the dng conversion altogether.
2. What I meant is that when you have processed you raw file, be it nef or dng, to a psd file, and when you are satisfied with it, and assuming you have archived the raw file somewhere safe, there's no need to store the raw file in LR anymore. Of course, for the majority of images, which are processed with LR's own adjustments, you do keep the raw file.