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Faceoff: RAW vs JPEG and Auto vs Manual

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Don Smith (California, United States) on 8 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural.


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One of the reasons that I love teaching workshops is the exchange of information that occurs between my students and me. Yes, I learn from them. Perhaps not so much in the way of camera or processing techniques; rather, I learn what is important to them and others like them. I find that I get a better understanding of which concepts, which I may believe are universally understood, that just may not be so clear-cut for most amateurs. Two of those concepts I would like to address today involve some basics of camera operation: Why do I shoot in Manual Mode and not an automatic mode, and why do I shoot in RAW and not in JPEG? Sounds like two simple questions for most advanced students, but I'm finding that not everyone has come to grips with those questions. Thus, its time to review the Why's and Why-Not of both questions. To read more, please read my latest blog post:
Back to Basics - Two Burning Questions: When and How do I Shoot in RAW and Manual Mode .

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