And yet, and yet.....
You keep hearing about photographers, and other visual professionals, professing their undying love for the RAW file instead. And I know some dental labs are starting to request their clients to provide them with RAW files, so it's probably a good idea to spend a couple minutes here and take a quick look at them.
But what are you setting? Well, unlike the 256 brightness levels the JPEG gives us (which is described as "8-bit") the RAW file on most digital SLR cameras records in 14-bit, which is over 4000 brightness levels. This gives the photographer far more control over the image in post-processing.
Nothing wrong with a good, creative hobby! Although the next step would be leafing through photo catalogs looking at all those nice $2000 lenses....
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