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Rethinking the RAW/JPEG paradigm

PerroneFord

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PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Tue 04-Dec-12 05:19 PM

>I have just gone FF, and am coming to terms with the
>extraordinary power of the D600. For PP I use Aperture and Nik
>plug-ins. I generally shoot 14 bit compressed RAW.

Disclaimer here: I do not use Aperture nor Nik. I have interest in using Nik maybe, zero in using Aperture.

>Now with the D600 there is so much one can do in-camera -
>control distortion and vignetting, as well as use the picture
>settings and ADL. But these settings will never see the light
>of day with RAW files in Aperture. Whilst I don't really care
>for picture settings or ADL, the idea of auto correction for
>vignetting and distortion is rather appealing. And fast lenses
>vignette a lot on a D600. Correcting all this in PP is a bit
>of a drag to be honest, and seems somehow unnecessary. But
>what is the alternative?

This is a major reason why I use Lightroom. I can sort by metadata, find all photos taken with a lens, and apply that vignette, distortion, and other correction to every photo automatically. I can even do it at ingest if desired.

>So does one shoot more JPEGs... trouble is that RAW does look
>a lot better. Whenever I shoot both JPEG and RAW it's
>generally the JPEG I discard.

I never shoot JPGs. I don't waste the time or card space.

>Or get DXO Optics pro which is very appealing in the way it
>handles raw conversions on a camera/lens specific basis -
>though DXO is pricey (DXO seem to think D600 is a pro-camera,
>even if Nikon does not) and DXO does not work too well with
>Aperture

I've thought about DXO, but LR keeps me very happy.

>And/or ditch Aperture.. just when I was getting used to it.
>And I don't want to get into photoshop. I think Lightroom may
>work better with NEFs though. But I don't think I want to go
>there.

Ok, your choice. But it solves all the problems you've mentioned.

>Progress is wonderful but I must say that there are times when
>I miss shooting JPEGs only with my D200 and one click editing
>Picasa. I just liked the colours so much out of the tin.
>
>What am I missing?

The ability to dial your colors into a preset and apply them to as many photos in batch as you like. Some here have mentioned Photomechanic. I use it when I am on deadline and it's VERY fast. I don't even ingest the cards. I insert the cards, tag my metadata, make my selects, crop straighten, and put the images on the wire. I can get images sent out before they would have ever ingested in Lightroom.

I have presets built in Lightroom to do my denoise, white balance (per arena), to do my picture control stuff, etc. Once I bring my photos into Lightroom, and we're talking 500-2000 photos, I can have everything looking good enough to publish in about 10 minutes by using presets. Maybe Aperture has this capability. Maybe not. But if not, maybe you ought to re-evaluate your attachment to it.

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