50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Editing, Photography


Raw or JEG? For photographers that can be a question that leads to a fist fight.  Well, except that might mean that a camera would get damaged, so maybe we can just agree to disagree or something more civil.  If you take photos, chances are that you are aware of the debate I am talking about.  A few weeks ago I was talking with Kirk author of the aptly named, Conversation is an Engine, blog about the raw vs. jpeg question.  I gave him the short version answer, which is that I shoot both.  It did make me think though about my workflow and why I do what I do.

Part of the reason I shoot both is that I have one DSLR camera that I use for both my professional work and my personal photos.  I keep it set to jpeg and raw in part so I don’t accidentally forget to reset for raw when I am working.  Setting the camera that way does create a lot of files and take up a lot of space on my machine.  Because I choose to shoot this way, I have to be disciplined about throwing away files I don’t need.  For me, most of my family snapshots I will only ever need a 4×6 print, jpeg is fine for that.  Here is an example of a photo I would keep only in jpeg:

ISO 200 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/5

ISO 200 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/5

Some would argue that I should have kept the Raw version, that I might want to edit it more in the future.  That is a pretty good argument, and it is true that extra space doesn’t cost that much.  I guess I’m just pretty sure I won’t ever need a Raw version.

Here is one that I shot in Raw, and kept the Raw version:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/400

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/400

I shot this one in Raw because I knew that I would be making this into an HDR image and I wanted as much detail as possible, so it was worth the space on my computer to save the larger file.

How about you? Raw? JPEG? both?  feel free to leave a comment below.  If you have written a blog post about it, leave a link if you would like.