I follow photography conversations on a couple of different web sites, as do many of us. I also take photography trips to various areas with tour guides, again, as many of us do. Recently I took a guided photography trip to Costa Rica. One of the things I like about taking these trips is meeting new people, mostly other photographers, and talking about our shared love of the craft. This trip I was reminded about the seemingly apparent divide over shooting JPEG format versus shooting RAW format.
This topic is one that comes up routinely on photography web sites. While I decided long ago to shoot using the RAW format, many photographers have chosen to shoot using JPEG format; I really don’t care about the decisions that someone else makes regarding their photography as long as it does not affect me. I’ve found, however, that many people are vehement about the choice they’ve made and they want others to make the same choice or they simply to argue the point for some reason. I love to debate and discuss any issue about photography but some of the people who make comments on the various websites or in a one-to-one discussion seem to feel compelled to push the point. On the trip to Costa Rica I met someone who seemed to feel compelled to push the point on why he shot in JPEG format. I believe that there are reasons to shoot both ways, depending on the circumstances.
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