• Bob Barnes says:

    Thanks Dan, for the post, part 3 especially is close to my heart and I can relate to those feelings, next time I go out I will Shoot only in jpeg, and concentrate on getting the image right in camera, I have the XT2, so I have the tools.
    I have converted many Raw images in my camera to jpeg and love the images I get.

  • Bob Davison says:

    Bob Davison
    Try shooting jpeg with the screen closed and check your results later. It is similar to shooting with a 35 mm camera and waiting for the film to be processed. This is a good training exercise.

  • Dan says:

    Indeed, and it prolongs battery life too!! Thanks for the comment, Bob.

  • Bill says:

    Point one – “You’ll save time”. I save time when I pick up a junk meal at McDonalds rather than prepare a good dinner at home, but it doesn’t mean the McDonalds meal will taste better. And point 3 about embracing the distant past. Even with the modern screens and technology, shooting jpegs will occasionally get you black shadows and blown highlights that can never be recovered. I feel totally “free” when I have the option to option to make adjustments to my picture to make sure it looks like the original scene. Dan, I’ve enjoyed other articles you’ve written, but can’t agree here.

  • Dan says:

    Hi Bill, thanks for your comment. And no worries, a little disagreement and healthy debate is a good thing. This shows me that you’ve actually read my post, thought about what I said, carefully considered it with regards to your own approach to photography, and came to the conclusion that your mindset here is different than mine. You clearly have very deliberate ideas about this topic, and from my standpoint, as someone who’s trying to encourage people to activity think about their photography and their craft, this is exactly what I could hope for.

    That said, I think my JPEG images are a little better than the photographic equivalent of a McDonalds meal. In fact, many of my absolute favorite images where shot as straight JPEGs, and I don’t see where spending more time processing them would have made a difference.

    And you’re right, with some scenes, I might get black shadows and blown highlights, but depending on the photo, I might not be bothered by that. I can appreciate your sense of “freedom” that the option of processing gives you. For me, freedom in photography is often defined as not always being bound to the notion of chasing perfection and trying to reproduce exactly what the original scene looked like. I’m often driven more by the notion of abbreviating and representing the scene, and creating visual stores that evoke a feeling.

    In fact, it’s only been a recent development in photography to have such powerful processing tools that give us the ability to “make sure it looked like the original scene.” For the entire history of cameras, film and even digital photography, there was simply no way to perfect reproduce the world as we can now, and yet, even old photographs that were shot in monochrome, or on grainy, wildly imperfect film still had the power to generate meaningful visual impact, effectively communicate ideas and incite the viewer’s mind to imagine the rest of the story that lies outside of the borders of the photograph.

    I like when people put the argument across that shooting a particular style makes it so you can never recover certain highlights or shadows. It gives me a chance to ask the question, “why is that necessary a bad thing?” What exactly are you afraid of if you lose some shadow detail in a particular image? Is proper exposure and no blown highlights the only measure of a visually powerful successful image?”

    I love thinking about this stuff, so thanks again for inciting some genuine conversation and introspection on my part, Bill!

    Take care,

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