October 24th, 2006
I’m not surprised that I got several comments about my admonishment to shoot RAW on my recent post on adding zap you images. I know this is and issue with several RE photographers I’ve talked to recently.
Sure there are other lots of other ways to achieve the same result without shooting RAW as Geoff and Marc comment but it’s just too easy to adjust exposure, saturation and white balance etc when you open a RAW file instead of using layers. Call me lazy but moving little sliders and watching for the result I like is pretty easy.
As far as size, sure shooting RAW files creates bigger files but once I open the file and make the adjustments I want I immediately save the adjusted files in a 800 x 600 72 DPI JPGs of medium quality. This means that all the RAW files for a listing shoot take around 500 Meg (7 to 10 meg per image for my camera) and the adjusted sharpened ready to use JPG images for the shoot take around 1.5 meg. At the current cost of storage I don’t find this a problem. I think it’s a small price to pay to have the ability to make easy, non-destructive adjustments without selecting exposure, white balance, saturation etc at exposure time.
If after we put a home on the market we decide to do a brochure, or some use that requires a better file than the 800×600 72 DPI JPG I go back to the original RAW version.
If you want to get into more depth on the subject of shooting RAW one of my favorite articles on this subject is the one by Michael Reichmann at www.luminous-landscape.com.