ahhhhh for the love of God, not another Raw vs Jpeg debate... I've been flamed, dragged through the mud, and shunned for my stance on this topic, but screw it... There are instances, when depending on what i'm shooting and WHO i'm shooting for, that I will shoot jpeg only (but, i do the highest jpeg and have the camera shooting styles similar to how I typically have my raw settings at anyways). If i'm shooting for a client and I know they are shooting for print or shooting a model whom I may only have 1 shot at to photograph, damn right I'm shooting Raw, it's not even an arguement. If i'm shooting a wedding ceremony in a church ISO 1000 and above, damn right i'm shooting raw as well as formals. BUT, if i'm shooting for a client whom i know going in that they only will be using the files for web use in which the files will be reduced 500%, then screw it, jpeg will be just fine. Reception work where frankly, they are fillers in which I may have over 1000 images to cull through ALONE, jpegs will do just fine for most of that work. If i'm shooting just for me or my kids screwing around, jpegs will do just fine. For the most part, i'm not afraid of missing exposures, i know my workflow and my workflow options, and i know what post production work i may or may not have to do and what I am and am not willing to do given the instance, and I'd rather live my life as a photographer than living my life a slave to the computer processing hundreds of thousands of images, plus storing plus... it's madness. Anywho, that's my 2 cents.
RAW does give you that piece of mind in case you blow it, but I agree with the computer slave part. One thing that is nice about JPG is you can just focus on the creative aspects of photography and less on post. It also trains you to be a really good photographer rather than relying on extrended post work to fix errors!
I do know some clients insist on actual RAW files though, so you should know at least how to use RAW.
All good points... For the most part, most of the clients I have ever known rarely asks for RAW files, but if they do, its all in the contract before hand and if that's what they want (and pay for), that's what they get. My point is simply put that is i'm typically not afraid of needing that piece of mind for most my work. Now situations where 100% i need absolute assurance, like the "first kiss" and stuff like that, where i know can be make it or break it for the whole wedding day, raws are important. I'm not afraid of Raw and on most my professional portrait work RAWs are they way I go just out of habit if not anything else, but once my files are processed and backed-up on a remote, then RAWs go into the trash bin. I guess where i'm at in my style and shooting, I shoot the way I want them, if i need to touch up images in post, its usually beyond what Raw can do for me, and i know what needs to be done for how i like them, and my training in photography came way back in the film days where I had to know exposure dead on before I shoot. My instructors made us for every assignment provide a slide transparency, negative film, and darkroom print of every image so we had no wiggle room of screwing up exposure and fixing it in printing as the transparency would give us away.