The raw workflow

posted on 24th of march, 2009

For those who haven't yet appreciated the benefit of RAW format I advise to take a close examination of the argument. I am one that in my first year and half in microstock shooted just plain jpegs. Then find out that shooting in RAW and including it into my post-processing workflow was something incredibly useful.

Since then I haven't looked back anymore (jpeg what? :-) and I assure you that my acceptance ratio was improving enormously.

RAW format allow you to better correct, not only the usual mistakes (blown highlights or undersposure), but especially noise and sharpen your images as you can only dream after the image has been processed by the camera and output in jpeg or tiff format.

Here you can find some useful articles about raw image processing:

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Comments (7)

Comment by Saniphoto on April 24, 2009

Hi Angela,
Thank for your comment. I wish you to have soon your dream coming true! :-)
have a nice creative day!

Comment by Angelasharris on April 23, 2009

I look forward to having a new camera wit raw capabilities! Thanks for your useful and inspirational article!

Comment by Azathoth973 on March 26, 2009

Yes, the drawback of the raw+jpg option is that it requires a HUGE memory card... (I've got a Nikon D300 too, with 8 GB cf cards...). D300's jpgs are often great! Expecially if you shoot in A mode with EV down to -0,3 or -0,7 (camera tends a little bit to overexpose, imho).

Comment by Saniphoto on March 26, 2009

Thank you Aughty, for your comment. Glad it was useful for you. We are here at DT to share knowledge and friendship! :-)

Comment by Saniphoto on March 26, 2009

hello Azatoth973,
thank you for your input. I have not experienced this system (is not taking away too much of memory card space, after all?) and cannot tell if is better or worse. I suppose everybody will find and use what is best for his own workflow pace. Mine is pretty slow! :-) so I suppose for me is good the 'raw only' solution .-)

Comment by Azathoth973 on March 26, 2009

I agree, raw file is often far more flexible and better than simple jpg... But sometimes the cam-jpgs are very good too, and quick (no slow workflow required...), so I believe that the best way is to use the "Raw + Jpg" option in the cam settings... if the Jpg is good enough, you can use it quickly without the usual slow and annoying workflow (sharpening, denoising, conversion ecc...). Some cams often generate extremely good jpgs with the proper settings and the proper exposure, even at high ISOs.

Comment by Aughty on March 25, 2009

Thanks for sharing this. I'm a strong believer too in the power of RAW.

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