RAW vs. jpg

March 31, 2006 at 9:03 pm (Pablum)

I am staring at a large fork in my road and it has many tines.

I have a Nikon D70s. I am about as far from a professional as you can get and still take an occasional picture that doesn’t make the average person vomit. I became hooked on the whole NEF concept. Nikon Capture and the whole shebang. Looking back on this, I believe I may have been wasting time and space.

D70s

I have taken a lot of pictures in RAW mode and for the longest time I thought this was the mode for me. Especially after buying the $100 Nikon Capture 4 and everything it allowed me to do. Now, 12 Gigs of pictures later, I’m not so sure. For cataloging the NEFs I have to use Nikon’s PictureProject and I don’t like it.

I think I need to realize that all I want to do is take pictures, print pictures, and see them on the computer. Adding the whole RAW thing in there is just throwing an impediment in my way. I think I’m going to start taking jpgs now and convert all my RAWs to jpg and just be done with it.

Easy to say and tougher to do.

**UPDATE**
I’m in the middle of deleting all my NEF files (Nikon’s RAW format) and saving them as jpgs. I really think this is better in the long run. The size difference is huge too; the jpgs are about 1/4 the size.

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