Shooting JPG

For my entire photographic life (mostly) I’ve shot RAW files. Certainly when shooting for someone else I’ve always done it – I get more data, more colour, more of pretty much everything, which allowed a degree of laxity when it comes to the edit….

Lately (having just got a new camera a couple of months ago) I decided to try just shooting the JPG files. “It doesn’t matter if the files don’t turn out well”, I thought – let’s just play with the film simulation presets built in.

Turns out, it was a heap more fun than I ever thought it would be.

“Yes yes, I know I can alter the simulations in post, if I shoot RAW”… but that’s not the point. The point is, that it’s ‘FUN’, and I think sometimes we get bogged down so much in the intricacies of photography, that we forget it’s a hobby that we are supposed to be actually having a good time with.

Let’s try not to let the ‘rules’ get in the way…. Sometimes we have to follow them, we have to do what the competition organisers dictate – most times though we don’t…. and that’s when the real fun starts…..

At least that’s what I think….. Frankly, you can’t tell that the picture below is a JPG can you? No…… I thought not….

Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

4 thoughts on “Shooting JPG”

  1. Very interested in this post, great minds must think alike. I’m only taking photos for my blog just now so I’ve been thinking I may as well make life easier by using jpg with minimal editing.
    If it works for you then I’ll give it a try, take care Diane.


    1. Honestly why not? It isn’t always easier, but of course a lot will depend on what exactly you are shooting. So far, mostly it’s working for me, and I turn it back to RAW when I know I might have some difficulty with post processing…. I’m enjoying it though, and using all the built in camera formats, which honestly will be for the very first time.


      1. Hi Diane, well I tried taking in jpg today, in not too helpful lighting conditions to be honest. Just to take the exercise one stage further I took the pics on my Lumix TZ100 compact camera. I then edited them in PS Elements 2012 plus Nik Filters and was pleasantly surprised.


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