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The Advanced Digital Photographer's Workbook by Yvonne J. Butler

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Chapter 3

File Formats: Choosing JPEG or Raw Capture

Yvonne J. Butler

One of the most rigorous, often contentious, discussions in digital photography is whether you should use raw or JPEG file format. Some purists insist every photographer should “get it right the first time” and not use raw like a crutch for incorrect settings. Others say, “It’s all about having control,” and raw provides ultimate control over image optimization. Still others say shooting in raw mode is too slow, creates additional work on the back end, and/or their clients don’t need it anyway; shooting in JPEG at the highest possible resolution is a practical choice ...

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