What is your preferred file format for shooting ?

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by Herman, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    I'm shooting for fun in JPEG (with a G1). Set at maximum resolution.
    Never tried RAW so far. (Should I, why)
    Professionals (like David) will surely shoot in RAW. (Thanks David for your great article)
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  2. pictor

    pictor SC All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
    I shoot in raw only because it's fun to develop my pictures myself. But I am an amateur and have enough time to do that. Efficiency is not as important to me as it is to professionals.

    Professional photographers use whatever suits their purpose best. Time is money and thus professionals are very pragmatic. It's mainly the amateurs who demonize shooting jpegs. Sport photographers, for example, need a high frame rate and quick results and therefore they shoot jpegs. Several other photographers like Bob Krist shoot jpeg and raw. Bob Krist, who is an excellent travel photographer, uses mainly the jpegs out of the camera and develops raws only when needed. If the jpegs out of the camera are good enough, professionals will be much more willing to use them than many amateurs.
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  3. Mayank

    Mayank SC Veteran

    Jul 16, 2010
    Raw on most cameras. While shooting with cheap pocket cameras, I shoot jpeg but set the resolution one notch below maximum (eg. on a 12 megapixel Canon IXUS 105, I shoot at 8mp resolution), which usually gives better noise performance and a better idea of how a large print of the image would look.
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  4. Alessio Coghe

    Alessio Coghe SC Regular

    Aug 20, 2010
    Mexico City
    RAW but boys there is also RAW + jpg, often used by fotoreporters.
  5. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Raw, generally. Better detail retention and more flexible dynamic range, for an array of PP options. Last night I was processing some Sigma DP2s pictures and ended up with some in color and a few in B&W. Raw gives that kind of flexibility. Also, I like a certain look, and I often find that OOC JPG settings don't allow me enough flexibility to tweak and customize to get that look in camera.

    JPG is lossy and you're just throwing out data that could otherwise be leveraged. But that's me. If I was a pro and had the inclination I would absolutely learn my camera and understand how to get quality OOC JPGs to be more efficient.

    The other thing is that Raw developers vary.
  6. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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  7. neilvan

    neilvan SC Regular

    Sep 25, 2010
    Beautiful BC, Canada
    Raw for me since 2001'ish. Personally, I won't buy a camera that doesn't have a Raw format. I just like to added control after-the-fact.
  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Raw only like clams.
    Then output is jpeg for web and tiff for print.
    I used to save in PS but not anymore.
  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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  10. I most often shoot in RAW. Most of my output is going to be B&W and the more color data you have in the file the better