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Good examples of RAW's advantages over JPEG?

I'm curious to see some real examples of where simply capturing the same photo in RAW (and being processed by someone who can do it justice) has significantly improved the photo at the end of the ...
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What are the pros and cons when shooting in RAW vs JPEG?

In general shooting in RAW format uses a lot more file storage than JPEG. What am I gaining when shooting RAW? Besides file size are there any downsides to shooting RAW?
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Why can software correct white balance more accurately for RAW files than it can with JPEGs?

Why are post-processing JPEG white balance corrections not as accurate as white balance with Raw? My understanding is that when shooting jpeg the camera internally does the following steps: Convert ...
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RAW in ACR vs JPG in ACR

Photoshop has now given the facility to open and edit JPEGs and other non-RAW file formats using Adobe Camera Raw. One doesn't have to shoot RAWs to do some heavy edits. So is there still any benefit ...
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Why can I adjust the white balance of a RAW file but not a JPEG file?

I recently started setting my DSLR to save RAW files, and using Adobe Lightroom to process them. I still, however, use my little point and shoot camera a lot which does not have an option to save RAW ...
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Why are photos on my Nikon D3200 brighter on the LCD screen than on my computer?

When I snap a picture on my camera, in RAW+JPEG FINE mode, the camera shows me a bright photo, but when I watch it on my computer it becomes darker (less bright than on camera). It's not a software ...
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Raw vs Jpeg for non-professional use [duplicate]

I am not a professional photographer, I am just taking pictures as a hobby. I take portraits, landscapes, and some wedding pictures. I am using a Nikon D750 camera, should I be shooting in jpeg fine ...
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Should I use RAW or JPEG for wedding photography?

I am about to shoot in a wedding ceremony and would like to know, Should I shoot in RAW or JPEG? I asked a photographer (outside the US) and he said converting RAW into JPG changes color (or ...
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Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life?

Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life (i.e. > 10% in the number of shots that can be taken)? Has anyone done controlled tests on this? JPEG means more processing, RAW ...
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Why use JPEG instead of RAW?

Why would a photographer want to capture images using the JPEG format over an available RAW format? The obvious argument is memory card storage, but assume that my available memory card storage is ...
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How exactly is the deeper bit-depth of RAW mapped onto JPEG and the display?

I am trying to understand RAW better. I have a Canon EOS 20D, and shoot in RAW+Jpeg mode. According to the specs in the manual, the RAWs of the 20D are 12 Bit. I understand that this means each pixel ...
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Is there a reason for raw over jpeg if you have your lighting figured out?

I hired a photographer for an event, and he says he doesn't shoot raw because he has his lighting (white balance and exposure) all figured out. Are there any other reasons why a pro should shoot in ...
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Why RAW and JPEG look the same?

I recently bought a canon m100. I shoot both raw + jpeg but they look exactly the same. The only difference is the file size. Aren't raw photos supposed to have less contrast etc? I've tried to view ...
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Do RAW files really allow more RAW dynamic range than shooting in JPG?

I've heard a lot of time people saying that shooting in RAW offers a better dynamic range than shooting in JPG. But in some way I've always felt it as hard to believe. So, the question is: there is ...
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Raw versus JPG Images with a DSLR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the pros and cons when shooting in raw vs JPEG? For typical family photos, with a Nikon D5100 DSLR, is there any reason to shoot RAW images rather than the highest ...