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Rethinking the RAW/JPEG paradigm

William Symonds

Bogor, ID
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William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007
Tue 04-Dec-12 09:25 AM

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

My current solution is to shoot both, and keep the RAW file as the master. That way I have the JPEG - either for fast sharing or as a reference for correcting the RAW file.

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?

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