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Bogdan
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Raw or jpg ?

by Bogdan » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:03 pm

Hello.
Please tell me what's the difference between shooting raw instead jpg.
What do you recommend?
My virtual tour would be much bigger with raw pictures taken?

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Re: Raw or jpg ?

by UK Pano » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:02 pm

For stitching, don't use RAW. look to use JPG or TIFF.

RAW is like a digital negative where it gives you the ability to process the images in photoshop or lightroom as you similiarly would have processed film negatives in a dark room or processing lab. It contains all of the image data taken at shooting, giving you greater ability to process the image(s) to your liking. Huge file size as contains lots of pixel data.

JPG loosely put is a format that is processed at the time of shooting and gives you limited ability to process afterwards without starting to degrade the image. Smaller file size with calculated pixel data

Your workflow should perhaps look to shoot in RAW format, process the RAW images in PS/LR/other application and output to JPG for use by APP/APG to then stitch.

Going one step further, an ideal output from PS/LR/other application would be to a16bit TIFF format for use for use by APP/APG to stitch and then output the stitched panorama as JPG (or even back to TIFF for final tweaks in PS/LR etc before FINAL save to JPG).

My workflow is shoot RAW > Process RAW to TIFF in LR > Stitch TIFFs in APG > output stitched TIFF from APG> process stitched final TIFF in LR again > ouput from LR to final JPG to use in PTP

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Re: Raw or jpg ?

by Bogdan » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:07 pm

UK Pano wrote:For stitching, don't use RAW. look to use JPG or TIFF.

RAW is like a digital negative where it gives you the ability to process the images in photoshop or lightroom as you similiarly would have processed film negatives in a dark room or processing lab. It contains all of the image data taken at shooting, giving you greater ability to process the image(s) to your liking. Huge file size as contains lots of pixel data.

JPG loosely put is a format that is processed at the time of shooting and gives you limited ability to process afterwards without starting to degrade the image. Smaller file size with calculated pixel data

Your workflow should perhaps look to shoot in RAW format, process the RAW images in PS/LR/other application and output to JPG for use by APP/APG to then stitch.

Going one step further, an ideal output from PS/LR/other application would be to a16bit TIFF format for use for use by APP/APG to stitch and then output the stitched panorama as JPG (or even back to TIFF for final tweaks in PS/LR etc before FINAL save to JPG).

My workflow is shoot RAW > Process RAW to TIFF in LR > Stitch TIFFs in APG > output stitched TIFF from APG> process stitched final TIFF in LR again > ouput from LR to final JPG to use in PTP

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Re: Raw or jpg ?

by Bogdan » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:09 pm

Thank you very much

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Re: Raw or jpg ?

by HansKeesom » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:25 pm

One thought, if you use bracketing of 5 and more jpeg is often good enough


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