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Switch from RAW to JPG. Critique my rationale...

TXCiclista

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TXCiclista Registered since 15th May 2006
Tue 29-Jul-08 03:00 AM | edited Tue 29-Jul-08 03:12 AM by TXCiclista

Before I go any further than the title, if you are here to argue that "RAW is better" and maintain some type of "JPG sux" mentality, then allow me to quote you a line from Star Wars:

"Move along. Move along."

That having been said...



  • On or around September 29th, my wife and I will have our first child. I expect my photography-taking to experience an exponential leap in quantity, if not quality . I currently own Lightroom and Photoshop CS3. With the possible exception of Christmas, Capture NX 2 is out because of budgeting considerations (Any "if you can afford a D300 you can afford NX2" comments just prove you're, well, I won't say it...).

  • In late August/early Sepetember, I will start back to school, both as a teacher (Algebra II) and as a student (working on an advanced Masters in prep for a PhD). I will also be a Research Assistant for my Masters advisor.

  • I came back from a Hawai'i in June with 1,500 RAW shots. I am a teacher and have the whole summer off. I am now, finally, finishing up my corrections and edits. I have 35 shots left to go (out of 180 that I pared down from 650, pared down from 1,500). I spend approximately 5 minutes per photo to get it "right," much of which is color (I tend to be a little OCD here).

  • I recently discovered Picture Controls in the D300.

    Now, if you read the above 4 bullets, you see where I'm going with this (and all but the 4th bullet are non-negotiable). My problem with RAW is nothing but a time consideration, and time is something I'm two months away from having very little of. Since RAW's in anything but NX 2 require a fair degree of enhancement (at least when you're not a graphics whiz like I'm not), I just won't have the time to ever get good results from them.

    As a result, I am seriously considering a move from RAW to JPG. I have shot exclusively RAW for 2 years, so I think I understand the pros and cons. This is my thinking:

    RAW Cons
    Large
    Slower to open, edit, etc
    Time-consuming
    Not processed "perfectly" by anything but NX/NX2 without user intervention (Can View NX give Capture NX results on open?)

    RAW Pros
    Unparalleled quality and flexibility

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    JPG Cons
    (When using non-destructive editors like Lightroom and shooting "fine," none that I can think of since you don't have to resave)

    JPG Pros
    Smaller
    Faster to open, edit, etc
    Little PP required if Picture Controls are set "correctly."
    Universal format that can be shared/uploaded to websites immediately without the need for any conversion
    "Capture NX 2 RAW results" right off the CF card



    OK, so, intelligent replies requested. If you've got a soapbox or just think you've got life all figured out, I'm not interested. f you can articulate your views intelligently and/or offer well-considered critiques, you're my man/women. And please note the areas where I use quotation marks. This denotes my awareness that the word I used oversimplifies the issue.

    (And just in case someone says it, yes, I've also considered RAW+JPEG and archiving the RAWs "just in case" so that might make this a moot point. I'm still interested in your comments.)

    PS if this would be better-served in another forum, please move. Otherwise, I'm looking for input from the D300 community)
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    #118. "All kind of moot now (for me)" | In response to Reply # 0

    TXCiclista Registered since 15th May 2006
    Thu 07-Aug-08 08:21 PM | edited Thu 07-Aug-08 08:22 PM by TXCiclista

    The announcement of a free upgrade to NX 2 has made this all kind of moot now. At least, moot from the "I'm switching from RAW to JPG" since having NX 2 in my arsenal means I can get the best results from RAW. It came down to $100 for Lightroom 2 upgrade or $109 for NX + NX2 upgrade. That was an easy enough decision.

    Still, this has been a great discussion. Seems like, with the exception of a few prolific posters ( ) this really stayed off the soapbox. I'm hoping this will serve as a useful resource for future readers. And fwiw, if I ever make a "moving from RAW to JPG" post again, please link to this post and then tell me to "#### off."

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    #136. "RE: Switch from RAW to JPG. Critique my rationale..." | In response to Reply # 0

    pauljm Registered since 31st Jul 2008
    Sat 09-Aug-08 10:08 AM

    Exactly my argument used in my post above. No time, no time, no time!!

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