OK, last word on JPG vs. RAW, I promise! Really, just a summary:
- Smaller file size;
- Don’t need to process much to share with friends, family;
- Tends to do a pretty good job of processing;
- Still needs some post-processing, especially if you resize images;
- Loses some detail in the image;
- Captures far more detail;
- Gives you a chance to recover images that would be unfixable in JPG;
- Wider range of post-processing options;
- They’re large – huge, even – requiring a lot of space for storing;
- They’re slow to process, due to the large size;
- Post-processing is required, which takes time
So how do I do it? It depends on the camera, in fact. On my SLR, I only take RAW photos. I’m going for quality with that guy. My sd500? I take both RAW and JPG files. I have no choice, in fact – when I enable RAW format on that guy, he won’t stop taking JPGs. Oh, and that’s not a typo if you recall the specs from a couple days ago – even though Canon claims it only outputs JPGs, there’s a way around that. I’ll get into that another day.
Any other camera? Depends. If it’s really high resolution & I’m in a flat lighting environment, I’ll probably stick to JPG. Once things even start feeling extreme, I shift to RAW.