I thought I'd share the following articles, which I just recently read (and watched) to help make my choice. Check them out:
1. RAW vs. JPEG at Digital Photography School
2. How are they different? RAW vs JPEG by Elizabeth at Pretty Presets
3. RAW vs JPEG (JPG) – The Ultimate Visual Guide at [SLR]Lounge
My final decision?
- If I'm out site-seeing or in a situation with a lot of shadows contrasted with bright light, AND I will have time and motivation to spend time adjusting my pictures later, I will use RAW.
- If I'm in a really difficult lighting situation AND, again, will have time and motivation to edit later, I will use RAW.
- Otherwise, which will mostly consist of at-home shots that I want to be able to quickly upload for family viewing, I will use JPEG. Reason: I want my editing to be quick. For the times I do want to fiddle in editing, there is still tons I can do with my images in JPEG format. Plenty for me at my current editing level...especially considering that my photography is just a hobby and not a money-maker.
Photographer friends, what are your thoughts? RAW or JPEG?