Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shooting RAW and JPEG at the same time with the Pentax K-5 and other Pentax DSLRs.

They can sleep through all the noise...but lay them in bed at the house and they won't want to sleep!


Hi Pentaxian friends.

I've been gone on a mini-vacation since last Sunday. I had my iPad with me but it's a little cumbersome to load, edit and publish images, while on the road, with the iPad. I did take some video clips with the iPad and using the iMovie application, I made a two minutes movie/slide presentation about the abundance of food we have in the U.S. and how it is in Somalia. and third world Countries. More on that later on this coming week.

I used my Pentax K-5 during my trip and I wanted to have RAW files, (to further enhance in Post Processing later on if needed) and JPEG to post on the Internet immediately after shooting. Many photographers shy away of saving images in both formats because it takes too much room on your SD memory card(s). While it is true, what if you happen to get a "once-in-a-lifetime" picture in JPEG only and you have to tweak it in Photoshop?  You know it's difficult to get great results in Post Processing once a file has been converted to JPEG.

You all know that with most of Pentax DSLRs, you can shoot RAW + JPEG at the same time. However, here is something that some of you may not know. When choosing RAW + JPEG, the JPEG file does not have to be at the full resolution. In the case of the K-5, the JPEG files can be set to 16mp, 10mp, 6mp and 2mp. So what I did, is to set the RAW format to DNG (because all Adobe products recognizes it easily) and I had the JPEG set to 6mp, conserving space on the memory card and allowing the file to be large enough to render very acceptable images and to be quickly sent on the Internet, whether posting or emailing.

It's a simple tip, but you never know when one of your image will be worthy of a  publishing contract with National Geographic. Having the full resolution RAW file and a small JPEG  is a great insurance...for me anyway.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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