Ever since camera manufacturers started allowing users to write their proprietary image files directly to media, photographers have wondered about the benefits and drawbacks involved in choosing which format to use. This topic has been discussed over and over again, but it can be overwhelming for someone who uses photography as a tool for another interest or activity.
Here’s a great take from the perspective of astronomy buffs looking to record the cosmos. The technical information is broadly applicable, so the topic focus here is really meant to help a particular audience make a better connection. Even if you’re not into star photos, the discussion and presentation is pretty good, and will help give you an idea of why this is still an important concept.
Andrea Minoia’s article covers most of the relevant aspects of using raw files, including processing and data issues, as well as when you might want to consider JPG, and even some in-camera processing choices.
What do you think? Do you use your photography as support for a more deep hobby or interest? How would that affect your choice to shoot in raw or JPG?