Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shooting RAW worth considering under difficult conditions

Love the swirling colours thanks to the slow shutter speed. A  lucky shot.

I've never been a big booster of shooting RAW. As mainly a shooter for a local daily newspaper, JPEG did just fine and it was quicker to work with when getting images into the paper -- or so I believed. This past Monday I had to question my position. I shot my six-year-old granddaughter on stage with the Kidlets of the Original Kids Theatre Company. Working on the RAW images was both fast and exceedingly easy.

I use Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop would not show me a preview of my RAW images. I had to boot up Bridge to see the all important previews. This isn't that big a deal but it is a miner hassle.

RAW image straight from camera.
Now, let me show you the RAW image as it came from the camera.

Now, in defence of my former love of JPEG images. When I was working, I was shooting with a top-of-the-line Canon camera. That was one wonderful camera and it corrected colour in camera using some amazing algorithms.

That said, two photogs at the paper tried shooting RAW. One loved it and found it fast and efficient. The other found shooting RAW slowed him down. News shooters cannot let anything creep into their working methods that eats into the time needed to get their images into the paper.

Today I am shooting with a Fuji FinePix HS10. It is a good camera for the price and I'm happy. That said I've learned to shoot RAW. It clearly offers more latitude when it comes to image enhancement. And, as I use it more and more frequently, I can see how the one photog came to love shooting RAW.

The RAW image enhanced and saved as a JPEG. Results are simply amazing.

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