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HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › Poll Time: Who Uses Raw and Who Uses Jpeg Files?
12-29-2008 04:14 AM  8 years agoPost 1
BULLSEYE

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I've always wondered what files you guys use and what are your reasons for using one over the other.

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12-29-2008 07:17 AM  8 years agoPost 2
CKY

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Raw for the dynamic range available, tiff for the lossless compression, png for editing spherical files if needed, and jpg for the final render/picture.

That way I can keep track of file names, only the extensions are different.

As you get better at converting RAW you will never shoot JPG again. You will notice an improvement with self-converted raw to JPG over in-camera converted JPG.

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12-29-2008 03:22 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Louisiana Helicam

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RAW...always.

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12-29-2008 03:35 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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Raw, except for Real Estate shots

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12-29-2008 07:02 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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12-29-2008 07:21 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Louisiana Helicam

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Good article but I, like many others, find in-camera software to be inadequate. I like to "hand" edit all of my shots.

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12-29-2008 07:22 PM  8 years agoPost 7
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12-29-2008 07:32 PM  8 years agoPost 8
ErBr

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I am using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.1 to work with my JPEGs and, for now, I am having good results when I need to apply corrections to my pictures. So, I am still waiting to be conviced to use RAW. However, I am not a professional photographer, I just do "normal" AP and yet to come AP panos.

P.S. Nooobs, thanks for the Ninja Nodal head, works great. I am practicing panos on the ground for now. Your website tutorials are great.

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12-29-2008 08:04 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Louisiana Helicam

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My prints turn out better when I begin my workflow with a RAW file.

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12-29-2008 08:16 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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Great info guys!

Noobs, in what instances do you use Raw and the same for jpeg?

WJW, why don't you use RAW for Real Estate shots?

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12-29-2008 08:24 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Louisiana Helicam

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Real estate work generally doesn't require excellent resolution. The real estate work I do is usually for a real estate publication or website...not prints.

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12-29-2008 08:25 PM  8 years agoPost 12
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12-29-2008 09:18 PM  8 years agoPost 13
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I only shoot in JPEG. Produces good results and saves on space. If there is a need for RAW I would have no problem shooting in that format, but at the moment there isn't.

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12-29-2008 11:19 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Rappy 60

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RAW for editing final production, JPEG for catalog and index prints.

Dale

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12-30-2008 12:24 AM  8 years agoPost 15
ErBr

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Can someone suggest me a raw converter for the NEF files that my Nikon D80 produces? Lightroom is unable to do the job correctly, pictures become dull after processing.

For Nikon guys, what raw converter do you use? BibblePro? Nikon capture? Adobe Lightroom homemade Presets? I do not have PS yet (well, I have PhotoShop 7.0)

I am planning to shoot "RAW + JPEG FINE" in the future, just in case.

Thanks

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12-30-2008 12:47 AM  8 years agoPost 16
tech1

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RAW for specialty shots where there will be limited frames shot.

JPEG for shots with high frame counts like pano's or when I am goofing around. If the shots don't require much tweaking there is no sense in eating up my storage space.

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12-30-2008 04:48 AM  8 years agoPost 17
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I shoot jpgs for all my pano jobs, partly due to the small buffer size of my D50. Since I'm getting excellent results, the penalty incurred by RAW (slow workflow & storage) doesn't justify the marginal quality improvement.

Pat L

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12-30-2008 05:31 AM  8 years agoPost 18
fotoman

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shoot all raw unless its just for playing around then jpg.Raw rocks, especially when you can adjust the color temp of the shot if its off a little when you shoot without destruction of original file.

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12-30-2008 05:42 AM  8 years agoPost 19
DigitalGuy

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I shoot only Raw. I use Adobe Camera Raw for my conversions. I shoot Raw because the file contains considerably more information than a JPEG file does - plus it doesn't assign a white balance, color space, or apply any in-camera processing.

Also, I should mention that I changed to shooting only Raw several years ago when I was in Alaska during the winter and shot JPEG on the first part of the first day and my white balance was pretty far off (things were too blue and my camera was set for daylight balance). I couldn't correct them without losing a lot of detail. This isn't a problem when shooting Raw, as the Raw formats do not embed a white balance at the time of shooting.

George

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12-30-2008 06:25 PM  8 years agoPost 20
CKY

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I am just starting to place a grey card somewhere in one frame of the panos I am doing with mast and tripod panos.

Once you set the white balance with the grey card you can batch all the other photos. Getting accurate white balance really makes further editing a snap.

Being able to push the exposure a bit before rendering to jpg is also a real plus.

Shooting RAW does add a bit of time to the workflow but I think it is worth the time.

PS...you will never be able to say "damn, wrong setting" again, except for ISO and full manual aperture/shutter settings.

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