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Did Ansel Adams shoot in the RAW mode?
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Dec 31, 2020 10:52:24   #
julian.gang
 
I don't think so, so for right now I'll stick with JPEG!...Julian

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Dec 31, 2020 10:53:51   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
agree

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Dec 31, 2020 10:54:26   #
cfhelz45 Loc: The Villages, Florida
 
If raw was available to him, he might have used Raw.

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Dec 31, 2020 10:56:44   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
RAW is used to fix bad pictures

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Dec 31, 2020 10:57:52   #
Powergroove75 Loc: Coeur d'Alene, ID
 
cfhelz45 wrote:
If raw was available to him, he might have used Raw.


100% this.

If having more control over the editing of your photos isn't something you want, nothing wrong with jpegs.

I can guarantee he spent countless hours in a darkroom perfecting his final prints though.

Id say yes he'd definitely shoot RAW if he were around today humbling all of us.

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Dec 31, 2020 10:58:15   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
that should star a conversation. It separates the photographers from the technicians

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Dec 31, 2020 10:58:22   #
Powergroove75 Loc: Coeur d'Alene, ID
 
Picture Taker wrote:
RAW is used to fix bad pictures


K

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Dec 31, 2020 11:07:51   #
BobHartung Loc: Bettendorf, IA
 
julian.gang wrote:
I don't think so, so for right now I'll stick with JPEG!...Julian


Oh? Ansel Adams was a master post processor in the dark room. As he was always looking for the highest quality in him images I feel it is safe to bet that he would have used RAW to give him the 14-bit rather than an 8-bit image file to manipulate.

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Dec 31, 2020 11:09:11   #
BobHartung Loc: Bettendorf, IA
 
Powergroove75 wrote:
100% this.

If having more control over the editing of your photos isn't something you want, nothing wrong with jpegs.

I can guarantee he spent countless hours in a darkroom perfecting his final prints though.

Id say yes he'd definitely shoot RAW if he were around today humbling all of us.


right-o. Moonrise over Hernandez was printed repeatedly over 40 years! The image you see reproduced most often is one of the later renditions.

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Dec 31, 2020 11:22:33   #
SkyKing Loc: Thompson Ridge, NY
 
julian.gang wrote:
I don't think so, so for right now I'll stick with JPEG!...Julian


...the question really would be, what Photo Processing software would he be using...

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Dec 31, 2020 11:24:57   #
MT Shooter Loc: Montana
 
julian.gang wrote:
I don't think so, so for right now I'll stick with JPEG!...Julian


How much more RAW can it get than shooting negative film????
I the film genre the only "jpg" equivalent would have been Polaroids!

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Dec 31, 2020 11:24:58   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
julian.gang wrote:
I don't think so, so for right now I'll stick with JPEG!...Julian


Actually he did. The old day equivalent of jpeg would have been Polaroid. Polaroids were useful to determine lighting, composition, focus, etc but NEVER used as a final product.

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Dec 31, 2020 11:26:18   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
Picture Taker wrote:
RAW is used to fix bad pictures


If you are not familiar with a raw workflow, are you posting? This is something a troll does just to generate controversy. Don't be that guy . . .

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Dec 31, 2020 11:28:48   #
Thomas902 Loc: Washington DC
 
Those who don't use RAW format likely initially discovered it gave them worse results that the vendor's .JPEG engine. Folks JPEG's are actually tweaked in camera by a complex algorithm. Every camera has its own in-camera methods of tweaking JPEG files so they are optimized for generalized standards... If this works well for you on your particular camera then just carry on and don't rant against others who discovered the increased image control manipulating RAW capture data in a high end post processing program brings to the table.

btw, I don't typically use Auto-White Balance on paid assignments... even though I can change this in RAW... Why? because I've logged so many hours with shooting in Kelvin that it simply works best for me... Besides I can learn what every new scenario brings to the table.

Best Advice? focus more on your composition and less on file formats... even TIFF can provide stellar results if your camera supports it.

Did I start out shooting .JPEG? Yes!
Why did I change to using RAW? After working as a lighting assistant for many commercial shooters in my marketplace who btw, shot in RAW format. Please keep in mind that there is a significant learning curve to using high end post processing software typically requiring many hours of failure before seeing acceptable results... Experience comes with a healthy investment of both time and software cost. Enough said.

Wish all you JPEG and RAW shooters a very Happy and Safe New Year ahead!

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Dec 31, 2020 11:28:48   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
Picture Taker wrote:
that should star a conversation. It separates the photographers from the technicians


There is no separation. Photographers are technicians, and always have been. To take an image from previsualization to final output requires technical skills.

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