Of course not!
We don’t need anything, other than food, water, and happiness to survive. But life is about more than just surviving.
All images found within this post were shot exclusively in JPEG format.
Hopefully this post will aid you in not so much making a long term decision of whether you are going to use RAW or JPEG, but instead, open your mind just a teeny tiny bit in regards to maybe just giving JPEG another shot.
I have been victim to the irrational fear of “I shoot RAW because it’s the best of the best”, and the shear thought of shooting JPEG for anything that is of great importance, just sent shivers down my spine. The thought of choosing a ‘lesser‘ image capturing format over the ‘superior‘ one wasn’t a welcome thought at all. For starters, it just seem illogical! Why would I choose less, when essentially I have each, equal distances apart at the tips of my fingers. This got me thinking..
Wide open at 1.4 full frame.
First and foremost, I will state the reasoning for this blog post from the beginning;
I shot a session of real estate photographs at a house priced just short of 2.8m, when I say house. This thing looked like Lara Crofts boudoir. 11 Bedrooms, 6 bathrooms spanning over 3 floor (4 if you count the basement). Stunning. When editing the photo’s in Adobe Lightroom, I was in fact very happy with what I had captured, and more so that the workflow was far speedier than ever!
As it turns out, I did indeed shoot the whole session in JPEG, hence why the workflow in Adobe Lightroom felt so silky smooth compared to editing RAW images. That being said.. after over 3 years of shooting RAW continuously, (other than the workflow speed improvement) I was unaware that I shot it in JPEG! That just goes to show how well the JPEG format holds up, on the 5D Mark III at least…
The outcome was brilliant in my opinion! And not only was I very happy with the images on a technical level of composition, framing and exposure settings etc.. the images looked almost more crisp than RAW! Which is understandable with camera sharpening I suppose. The colours were (albeit burned into the images) preserved very very well, which gave me confidence whilst editing, which is always a good thing 😉
Into direct sunlight, shows just how much detail you can bring back in the shadows even with JPEG!
I think the fact that I hadn’t realised until afterwards, that I had been editing JPEG instead of RAW, was the thing that got me thinking the most. It really goes to show that although RAW definitely has it’s place, it’s not for always by any means. In situations where you are dealing with a quick turn around time, and the lighting conditions aren’t too drastic, I would say shoot JPEG! Just for the time cut down in Adobe Lightroom.
Enjoy these last few shots. All captured in JPEG of course, as unfortunately I can’t show you the real-estate images! 🙂