Whenever storage space permits on my disks, I prefer to set my camera to RAW+JPG (with the JPG set to maximum resolution). Then I go into my camera settings bank and crank up the sharpness, saturation, and a few other tweaks so (a) the camera can do the dirty work of converting the raw into a jpg and (b) so I can see how the picture is coming out real time versus waiting till I get back to my computer. Here is the thing, the RAW captures more information, but it records it in a very boring way. But the JPG on the other hand, while it contains less information it contains it is a very dynamic and striking way. Take this for example—it is basically, aside from some minor tweaks, exactly how my camera recorded this scene. Why again should I waste my time to try and tweak the raw file I got to look like the jpg I already have? I couldn’t find a compelling reason. So what you’re seeing here is the camera’s jpg.
A Full Moon Rises in Gresham OregonOregonLandscapesSunsetUnprocessedJPGRAWjonathanphotosjonathanphotos.comJonathan Paulson PhotographyJonathanPaulson