RAW vs JPG, tablet apps in digital photography
posted at 10:52 am on July 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Thanks to some personal and semi-personal travel coming up in the next few months, I’ve taken more of an interest in my digital photography equipment. Last week, we discussed the elimination of point-and-shoots in favor of phones and tablets on the low end and DSLRs on the high end. Today, I’m looking at combining both worlds. I’ll be taking a cruise at the end of the month — the Hugh Crew Cruise with Duane Patterson — and touring the Holy Land in mid-autumn. For both, I’ll be bringing along my Canon EOS Rebel T2i and my Galaxy Note 8 tablet, but not my laptop. That means I won’t be able to download my pictures off of the card, but I can use the MicroSDXC cards to move between my camera and my tablet.
That raises a couple of questions, which I’ll pose for those with some experience in the field:
- Should I use the RAW format rather than JPG? — I don’t have much experience with RAW, but it creates a lot more opportunity to refine the images than the compressed JPG format does. It also takes up a lot more room. I’ll have 3 64G MicroSDXC (Class 10) by the time of the trip, though, so storage shouldn’t be a huge problem (I’ll be taking some video, though, which will make it more acute). Is it worth it to go RAW, or is the difference too slight to worry anyone but professionals?
- If I go RAW, which Android app should I have to view and possibly edit the files? — I will want to use the tablet to get a better look at my shots each day, and perhaps to delete any that don’t turn out well to save some space. The native Gallery app doesn’t handle RAW. I downloaded two apps that do — Android Photo Review by Mars Software, and Photo Mate Professional by TS Systems (with RAW extension). Does anyone have any better suggestions for apps?
- Once I get back to my laptop, what programs work best for editing and exporting to usable JPG formats? I’m using the Canon Digital Photo Professional at the moment; I’m pretty sure iPhoto isn’t the answer here.
If I’ve missed any other key questions, be sure to point them out in the comments, and thanks for your advice in advance.