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Old Nov 11, 2009, 3:33 PM   #11
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If Jpeg is working so well, why bother shooting in RAW, and wasting the extra processing steps??
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Old Nov 11, 2009, 4:00 PM   #12
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I'm using Photoshop CS4. As for JPG vs RAW, I just like the idea of using as uncompressed a file as possible, especially since slightly rough surfaces on something I'm shooting up close can quickly become grainy when compressed.
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Old Nov 11, 2009, 4:17 PM   #13
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Since you are using Photoshop CS4, I assume you are using Camera Raw for your raw images. Be sure to take a look at the profiles provided by Adobe. They are designed to produce the same results as the in-camera settings do on JPEG images. I don't know how effective they are on the D90, but I am using the older and less sophisticated D40 and I find that the profiles really help a lot. Even then, however, you may find it necessary to make additional adjustments. When you have got your image looking the way you think it should you can save all those settings as your default settings, and this can help speed up your workflow considerably in the future.

Since Camera Raw supports so many different cameras from different manufacturers, it's unrealistic to expect it to be able to perfectly match any of those cameras. The profiles provide a good starting point, but it is often necessary to spend a little time customizing it for your camera and your shooting style.
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