Is there ever a reason to shoot JPEG over raw when photographing people and clients? Let’s have a quick discussion about when it may be beneficial to photograph in JPEG or raw and why you might choose a lower quality file at capture versus the full digital negative.
Adorama’s new series "Mastering Your Craft" has been a deluge of information over the past few weeks, and Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge has partnered with the camera store to bring you the best information possible. Jirsa leads the video with a breakdown of an image he captured in San Francisco and how the JPEG and raw files vary in their dynamic range and color gamut with edits that show the strengths and weaknesses of the files in post-processing. The first half of the video gives an excellent breakdown of understanding how much flexibility each of the files has and how they differ when extracting similar edits from the images.
In the latter half of the video, Jirsa gives us his four reasons through a set of circumstances that may make you want to shoot JPEG or JPEG and raw over just raw image files. Many photographers, like myself, don’t ever shoot JPEG only or JPEG and raw in camera, choosing to shoot raw only. I personally edit all my imagery from my professional cameras and don’t fall into the reasons that Jirsa mentions.
Do you capture JPEG files with your camera and let the settings you chose at capture speak for themselves, or do you always shoot raw and process your images in post?