KevinBarrett wrote:A good relevant poll, thanks Brian! You might also request that respondents identify the camera they are using and, if RAW shooters, the software they use for conversion.
I've always shot in RAW+Jpeg. In my eyes, this gives me the best of both worlds, although I might look at things differently if I had a need for long bursts of images at several frames per second, or if storage space were not so cheap these days.
For the last two months I've been using an A700. Prior to that I was using a KM7D, and prior to that a Minolta A2. The 7D is now my backup camera, and the A2 is used in environments when the mirror/shutter noise of the other cameras might be unacceptably intrusive.
For the last 3 months I've been using Lightroom 2.3 as my RAW converter and primary editor - and am more enthusiastic about it every day, although there are some areas in which it still falls short. Prior to that, I did my RAW conversion in RawShooter and my editing in Picture Window Pro - which is still my editor of choice for some images.
Right now I am in the process of educating myself on the options available for noise reduction software, as I recently took a number of photos at high ISO during my grandson's christening that - when cropped to the subject - I find too noisy if printed larger than 4"x6" (10x15 cm). I can handle them acceptably with Picture Window, but I have not figured out how to do so without individual tweaking of each image, and Lightroom does not handle the noise reduction to my satisfaction on any of the images. Does anyone have personal experience with any noise reduction software that has a smooth and seamless workflow when used in conjunction with Lightroom?
With best wishes,
- Tom -