If I save my raw file as a JPEG, isn’t it the same as just shooting JPEG in the first place?
If you are simply opening the raw files in Adobe Camera Raw, applying the default adjustments and saving as a JPEG, then yes they are going to be very similar to JPEG files straight from the camera.
But this is missing the point of a raw file, which is to fine-tune the settings for each image.
In difficult lighting conditions, the JPEG from a converted raw file can have less noise, better highlight and shadow detail and a more accurate white balance than a JPEG image straight from the camera.
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