Friday, August 25, 2006

Raw versus Jpeg

An issue that you may have been pondering, or hopefully have already resolved for yourself, is shooting Raw versus Jpeg. There are pros and cons for each, but I have made the ultimate non-choice (where I can have my cake and eat it, too, whatever that means): I shoot both. My Rebel has the ability to capture both Raw and Jpeg at the same time.

Sure, it's a bit slower, but only a little. I shoot both for several reasons.


  1. Lossless format
  2. Can correct exposure and other user errors after the fact
  1. Ready for casual viewing and printing
  2. No workflow required for #1
So, when shooting both, I get all the benefits, and only two small drawbacks. I need more file space to store them and I sometimes confuse the heck out of myself, organizationally.

Here's an article that gives a succinct analysis (opinion?) on the issue. It's well worth reading.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Bill, I never unstood the difference, and tend to shoot in jpeg only. My pics are mainly used for dvd work, and i would only have to converthe raw image to a jpeg for the software to work, so I just dont bother. Plus, my computer would have a meltdown with the extra storage I would need, yikes! Any chance of seeing your photos? :)