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Old Apr 30, 2006, 10:55 AM   #1
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Other than eating memory, (Corsair 2 gb 133on the way) what are the disadvantages to shooting RAW all the time? I'm a newbie with D50 and both kit lenses. I'm leaving a Panasonic FZ20 and I do miss the 300mm. Guess that will be high on my buy list. Open to suggestions. I like to do a lot of nature stuff in my backyard and surrounding woods.

Oh yes, really loving the D50. Shooting birds as fast as I can "pull the trigger" has been a blast.

Kit was Nikon reconditioned (55-200 is new) from Cameta for $620. I felt that was decent.

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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The disadvantage of shooting RAW is that it takes more time post processing the image to prepare it for display or printing.

That said the automatic settings of PhotoShop or Nikon View do a reasonable job, most of the time. I shoot RAW all the time as the flexibility is well worth the additional effort to me.

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 12:47 PM   #3
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Shooting RAW means you have to do more post processing that usual. This might be alright with you, but for shots that I don't plan on making huge printouts with, I just shoot jpeg. D50 produces good pics even with jpegs, and you can get very good pics with little or no post processing.


The only reason I don't shoot RAW is because then I'll have to buy *other stuff*, like a monitor calibrator, RAW converter, a newer PhotoShop (I have Elements 2.0), etc. I feel that if I don't get those, then there's no point of shooting RAW since there are other variables I'm missing (especially the monitor calibrator).

Below are a couple of sunset pics I got straight out of the camera, no post processing, except resize.

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 3:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. After I posted my question, I went out a shot a few RAW. I can see the difference Rey. I think I'll go back to JPEG. I appreciate your input Nagasaki, however, I think I'll spend my current efforts in discovering the photos and let the gremlins in the machine take care of MOST of the details.

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That's a valid choice. Most of my pictures are taken underwater where RAW gives me a real advantage. It's not always possible for me to get a perfect white balance or exposure during the dive and the ability to change these in post processing may well save the shot for me.



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That's a valid choice. Most of my pictures are taken underwater where RAW gives me a real advantage. It's not always possible for me to get a perfect white balance or exposure during the dive and the ability to change these in post processing may well save the shot for me.

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Yes, I will wait for the scream of anguish, the first time he misses a shot that could have been saved by RAW. The sound of these screams can often be heard for miles...:-)

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Old May 1, 2006, 4:24 PM   #7
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For me the only disadvantage of RAW is the extra HDD/backup space it consumes.

I shoot RAW whenever conditions are difficult or unpredictable, post processing may just save the image.
But if the images come out fine and no post processing is required then i use the jpg files embedded in RAW.
This enables easy and fast workflow and possibility to use RAW images whenever necessary.

Embedded file is only Basic Jpeg but quality is enough for 10x15 cm/4x6 in. prints or web sized images.
Preview Extractor has been working really well for me, dont know if there is better tools to do that.
Here is an untouched (except renaming) example of jpg extracted from RAW image.

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Raw files do take up a lot of space on my system, but it`s worth it.The amount of control I have when using Raw is what gets my vote.I find I did more editing with Jpeg than Raw.I will post my Raw Workflow(when I get round to it) ,it may help the new D50 owners in my "just bought a D50" thread.

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Will you always keep or backup those RAW files, after they have been edited/tuned and saved as JPEG???
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Will you always keep or backup those RAW files, after they have been edited/tuned and saved as JPEG???

I have a seperate drive just for photos, Jpeg or Raw I save unedited copies to DVD disk every couple of days or so.I got into the habit after learning the hard way.Also I make restore points in system restore everyday.

When I`ve edited my pics for the web or whatever,I just store them on my spare drive.If I lose them I always have the master copy on DVD disk.And in the future I will probably resave the originals on new DVD`s to combat disk deterioration.

You can`t be too sure, I alsoclean installXP every 3 months.

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