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Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

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Just wondering what you guys do on holiday when taking photos, Raw or Jpeg?

Reason I ask is 99% of the time I usually shoot raw and the PP afterwards in Lightroom or Elements9. On my holiday this year I can see me taking hundreds of photos using the GF1, would you still shoot raw or shoot jpeg to save you a lot of PP afterwards and cut down on amount of storage cards needed, or the hassle finding a computer in a strange country to get pics onto cd to clear space on a card? Taking the laptop is out of the question.
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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

Well, I find that Lightroom makes PP so easy and quick that if you were worried about card space, I'd have no problems with RAW only. If you wanted to post photos quickly without PP, then shoot RAW + JPEG, which is what I tend to do by default anyway. Cards are quite inexpensive now, too - 32GB for £20 or thereabouts.

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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

I'm a raw shooter, I would just invest in a few more cards... especially as you already have Lightroom and it's so easy just to set some default parameters and export everything to jpgs afterwards.

While we were away travelling around South-East Asia for 6 months I only had a compact but we used to find internet cafés and never had any problems getting images from a card onto CDs.
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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

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I'm a raw shooter, I would just invest in a few more cards... especially as you already have Lightroom and it's so easy just to set some default parameters and export everything to jpgs afterwards.

While we were away travelling around South-East Asia for 6 months I only had a compact but we used to find internet cafés and never had any problems getting images from a card onto CDs.
Tim, he said he isn't bringing a computer, so if he wanted to use an Internet café while away or the like, then JPEGs are a much better bet, while saving RAWs at the same time would enable him to extract the best quality once home.

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Tim, he said he isn't bringing a computer, so if he wanted to use an Internet café while away or the like, then JPEGs are a much better bet, while saving RAWs at the same time would enable him to extract the best quality once home.
I realised that but copying raw files from a card onto a CD is exactly the same as copying jpgs onto a CD, they're only files after all... ok, you won't get an image preview but you can copy the raw files from the CD to your hard-drive when you get home and process them then.
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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

OK, it's just that I was working on the assumption that he might want to upload some JPEGs while he was on holiday - to FaceBook, Flickr, Picasa, etc. It's unlikely that an Internet Café would be guaranteed to have RAW conversion software handy.

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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

Remember that you don't have to save the JPEGs at full size or top quality. The GF-1 offers options to save as large, medium or small - this only applies to the JPEGs, the raw files are still the full 4000 by 3000 pixels (don't take my word for it without checking for yourself, though!). You can also choose the quality level, which is really the compression level for the JPEGs - low compression = high quality = big files & vice versa. There are at least 2 quality levels, possibly 3.

So I would shoot JPEG and raw together, and set the JPEG size/quality options if I was worried about data volumes. Small size and low quality ought to be plenty good enough for Facebook updates etc. and I still have the full raw files to process back at home.

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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

Many thanks for the response guys, some interesting replies which I will take on board. I'll look into the raw+jpeg options and experiment a bit before I go.

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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

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Just wondering what you guys do on holiday when taking photos, Raw or Jpeg?

Reason I ask is 99% of the time I usually shoot raw and the PP afterwards in Lightroom or Elements9. On my holiday this year I can see me taking hundreds of photos using the GF1, would you still shoot raw or shoot jpeg to save you a lot of PP afterwards and cut down on amount of storage cards needed, or the hassle finding a computer in a strange country to get pics onto cd to clear space on a card? Taking the laptop is out of the question.
As has been said, memory cards are so cheap - Why backup to CD? a CD is more easily damaged than a memory card......
I take lots of memory cards with me, usually 8g and 4g - don't see the point of anything bigger.
I never fill a memory card before moving onto the next, probably use 2/3 to 3/4 of capacity, then load next card, so spreading the holiday over a number of cards - all eggs in one basket syndrome!
If a card goes faulty (rare if you use good quality cards and format regularly), I have not lost everything.
If you are absolutely paranoid, there are devices that will copy the cards to a HDD, an example being Archos (there are others.)
I used to do this, but am not so paranoid these days unless it is a really important/once in a lifetime event.
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Re: Raw or Jpeg on holiday?

SD cards are easy to lose - which I have discovered the hard way. Last year I was in Greece with Sony and they layed on a lot of great action subjects - cars doing stunts - for us to test their new cameras out with. Unfortunately the 8GB SD card I used disappeared between waiting in the hotel lobby to go to the airport and home - and home! 200+ shots and I'm sure some were very nice and I have no idea where they are now

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