looking for OOC jpgs...

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by pcake, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. pcake

    pcake Mu-43 Regular

    May 3, 2010
    i've searched all the images threads, but often people don't talk about whether they shot raw or jpg, or how much processing they did to their pics. i'm considering the E-PM1, E-PM2, E-PL5 and the G5. if anyone happens to have any out of the camera jpgs they could easily post, that would be so very helpful!
  2. smarikoe

    smarikoe Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    I was actually meaning to post a thread about jpegs. Over the past year, I've been mainly shooting raw because it's so flexible and allows me to fix up anything I did wrong such as exposure (to an extent) when I took the shot.

    Post-processing wise, I rarely do extreme changes unless I have a killer shot that I would like to print. Most of the time, it's exposure and a bit of contrast (noise reduction if necessary).

    I've recently started shooting jpegs and have noticed a completely different experience. If i don't get the settings right on the spot, the shot is pretty much gone forever. This made my street shoot so much more difficult.

    The day before I shot a party I was at and decided to go jpeg because I didn't want to go through the effort of PP. Turns out, the lighting was perfect (soft and diffuse). In the end, a lot of the shots were just as good and perhaps better than shots I would've post-processed with. I shot some family as well in low-light conditions and that turned out pretty sweet as long as I managed to get the exposure right.

    All these OOC's are done on an OM-D

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8651898288/" title="P3280293 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3280293"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8650795257/" title="P3310571 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3310571"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8651894592/" title="P3310463 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3310463"></a>

    Next two are in-camera monochrome conversions
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8651896210/" title="P3300439 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3300439"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8651899500/" title="P3300438 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3300438"></a>

    This one was taken at ISO 3200
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8650802755/" title="P3300426 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3300426"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8650805587/" title="P3300393 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3300393"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarikoe/8650807007/" title="P3300390 by Smarikoe, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="P3300390"></a>

    In conclusion, you're shots jpeg or RAW are all gonna come down to technique, lighting and subject matter. RAW allows for flexibility but if you get a shot, the likelihood of you needing PP is probs nil. Jpegs always there for convenience but at the cost of needing a little bit more skill.
  3. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Is the question about whether JPG's or RAW should be used or is it whether OOC JPG's from the early PEN's are good enough. I shot JPG out of my Oly's from 2010 thru late 2012.

    One can indeed PP JPG's and Adobe Photoshop Elements is good at it. I really saw no need to shoot RAW. Unless I screwed up the WB or needed the high ISO headroom, it was hard for me and a lot of work to get anything much better than what I could do with the JPG and PSE.

    Now that I have learned the rudiments of Lightroom, my tune has changed. If one is doing a number of shots that need PP, then one might as well shoot in RAW because the workflow is almost the same and it offers more much comprehensive options for RAW images. You can also say the LR4 discourages shooting in JPG because the edit options are more limited.

    Finally, with the ability to tweak in LR4 or PSE, it's rare that an OOC JPG is left alone. They can always use a little help.