Aperture - RAW plus JPEG - help!
I shoot in RAW plus JPEG. After downloading, I Zip up and email the small jpeg's to my wife for our website. I delete all the RAW files I dont want - or dont want to PP - to save disk space. Then I just keep the RAW files of the real 'keepers' plus all jpegs except the really bad ones. I just got aperture and on import it wants to make one or the other JPEG/RAW - the 'master'. I dont understand how to delete just the RAW files. One thread I saw said to just keep everything in RAW - but that seems like a big waste of disk space. I've thought of staying with my sorting and deleting in ViewNX first - but that seems a very clumsy workflow. Help!!
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#1. "RE: Aperture - RAW plus JPEG - help!" | In response to Reply # 0DiploStrat Registered since 06th Dec 2006Wed 12-May-10 08:03 PM | edited Thu 13-May-10 07:44 AM by DiploStrat
Aperture 3 revamped the way it handles importing RAW+JPEG pairs. The manual is your friend. It will explain the essential concept of "Master" and "Version" and how to handle and delete either or both. I don't use this feature, but this link may help: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2429333&tstart=0
But let me throw out some ideas for your consideration:
-- With Aperture (and Lightroom) you invest in RAW and expense JPEG. It is not keeping the RAW that wastes your disk space, but rather keeping low quality JPEG.
-- You can produce as many JPEGS as you need, at whatever resolution you need, whenever you need, through the export process. Then delete them; you can always create more.
-- Your RAW masters will be good today and may be better tomorrow with new RAW developer software, editing tools, etc. Once you make a JPEG, it is done.
-- It is easy to make presets that mimic the in camera processing of JPEGS; a little bit of saturation/sharpening/etc. These can be applied during the import process so that the first time you look at the RAW is is ready for use. (This is essentially what Capture NX does.) With the difference that you can always undo/redo with 12+ bits of data, as opposed to a compressed 8 bits. This means that there really is very little speed advantage left to shooting JPEG at all.
The images you want to delete are the losers - the out of focus, bad composition, etc.
Only you can determine the best workflow, but disk space is cheap and memories are priceless.
For your consideration with best wishes!
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