« on: May 23, 2012, 08:24:42 AM »
That is simply not true. The IQ of a good JPEG with a nailed exposure and manual WB is just as good as the IQ of a RAW processed image.You shoot weddings - you've got it easy. Yes, I'm very well aware of the pressures of wedding photography, and the photography itself is way down on that list.
You've got all the time in the world (comparatively speaking) to put your subjects where you want them; to get the light right; to take a ton of frames, chimping between shots to check the histogram, to get the shot you want.
Come back to me when you've successfully tried shooting uncooperative, tiny, hyperactive birds that are inviariably in the wrong place for the (routinely crappy) light I deal with in the UK, and get back to me...
Out of a 10 hour day I have control of about 30-45 minutes to put my subjects where I want them and find the best light. The rest of the time I am usually challenged by the worst lighting possible and I have no control of the subjects in relation to bad or worse light. Most locations have mixed light sources and low or no light. There is hardly ever time to do any chimping between shots because you can't miss anything important at a wedding and nobody is going to slow down while you check your histogram. If you miss a shot you get to try again. If I miss an important shot I could get sued. I have respect for your photography and I have never tried it but don't bash mine because you think I have it easy. I am sure if you ask 5 wedding photographers you know they will all tell you how difficult it is.