Introspectives #14

For a long while, I was content with JPGs as the given for photo format until recently when I switched to shoot in RAW & JPG, whereby I can now see the limitations of the JPG parameters and enjoy the scope for ‘developing’ the RAW files in the way I envisage their final result. It also shows me the ones that are not worth keeping more evidently than the JPG version.

RAW is not simply an image file, but rather RAW image data that needs processing

Apart from cropping, and moderating exposure and contrast levels, RAW converting software 1 enables changes to colour balance, twisting curves, tweaking tone and altering the volume of noise.

All this processing is agin my aim towards a purist practice of ‘getting it right’ from the outset . But when it comes down to it, there is surely no such thing as a pure digital image. Even film results in different images from different developing techniques. Cross processing being just one example.

So I’ve thrown my hands up and confess to being more player than purist – for now it feels liberating and might just help me be less uptight when I’m out and about with my camera.

Wishing everyone a great weekend –  it might even be sunny again here now July is about to end.

Click images to view larger versions:-

Agapanthus flowers and blue door – tweaked to cobalt
Clematis blooms  with light blue cast
Grungy high contrast monochrome a great improvement over the colour jpg version
yet warmer sepia tones worked better than the above high contrast mono on this closed market perspective
upping the green tones and softening the whites gives a 70s style effect of the narrow urban courtyard
same retro tones as above on this modern complex – paradoxical but it brings out the hues of the tree and living wall planting
“Roving reporter in raincoat”

Introspectives series is thinking out loud as I aim to improve and learn more of photography. The images are not always for show –  feedback welcome.

1. I use a somewhat dated version of Silkypix which was batched with my Panasonic


18 thoughts on “Introspectives #14

  1. I felt exactly the same way when I went from jpg to jpg + raw (which I stopped doing quickly and went with raw only); however, I’m still not familiar with curves, tones and noise. Haven’t touched those yet.

    Also, I only ever wanted to do “basic” editing to keep the image as pure as possible and as close as to what I saw with my own eyes as can be. Meanwhile, though, I have to agree with you that there probably is no such thing as a pure digital image.

    I’ve been quite enamoured with editing lately, especially using presets. I have a more relaxed attitude towards editing today than when I started out. As long as people don’t claim the edited picture is exactly what they saw through the viewfinder…

      1. I’m using Lightroom, and there’s a ton of presets other people have created to download; I’m currently playing with them but at some point I’d like to be able to create my own…

  2. Very interesting…I’m still tethered to jpg because I don’t want to take up so much room, and when I’ve used RAW in the past I haven’t seen enough reason to stay with it, but yet, “everyone” says it’s better. I will try again at some point. In any case, it’s always good to hear about other people’s process and struggles and questions.

  3. Liked the sepia ones, surely a lot of ways to play with the tones. I took a coupla Garage Band classes at Apple, and you can do similar operations to aural tones, change pitches and duration of notes. I didn’t get it yet. Still just playing guitar with a mike. A player or a purist? Looks like you’re doing great with it.

  4. I do love your introspections and what comes out of them…I don’t believe my camera has a RAW format and I have heard so many speak of it as being better….as I learn more with my point and shoot, I expect to convert to a another camera with more possibilities. Really like the sepia and 70s effect and the roving reporter shots!

    1. thanks for your feedback Donna – once processed I save the RAW as JPG but then I’ve got the picture I want rather than the pre-given from the camera. There are other save options like TIFF but I’m not in the big league enough to worry about print outcomes etc

  5. Even I do all my pics in both Raw+JPG(this last in ‘fine’) I use the RAW only when I’m planning impressions. For my differents blogs I use only jpg….but!! reading your introspection I took the decision to work more options of presentation for future posts! Gracias Laura!! 🙂

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