Posted by: David Vernon | October 22, 2008

White Balance and Instant JPEG from RAW

The Tree 45We had another good class at the Peoria Art Guild last night. The first two weeks are often given over to making sure the concepts and relationships between Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO are clearly understood. I think we’ve gotten most of the way there, but don’t forget this post from a few weeks ago that covers all of that and more.

Another topic we typically dive into in the second week is the ‘ol RAW vs. JPEG question. One offshoot of that is white balance. While it’s always important – it’s of paramount importance when you’re shooting JPEG – it’s just harder to correct after the fact when you aren’t shooting RAW. So let me kick off this linkfest by posting links to three good introductory articles on white balance – including two articles on how to break the rules when it comes to getting your whites white.

Introduction to White Balance

Using White Balance as a Creative Tool

Christina Nicole on Artistic Use of White Balance

As I said, one of our topics last night were the pros and cons of RAW vs. JPEG. I’ve been a RAW guy for years – I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but there are still valid reasons to shoot only JPEG. It depends a lot on your desire to spend additional time on the computer post-processing and it also depends on your needed output – if you need JPEGs quick or you’re just emailing photos – you can save yourself some time. One great trick to consider however – is to shoot RAW and get the free JPEG that comes with your RAW file (more on that in a moment). This way – you have almost instant access to the JPEG but you have the RAW for later use should you want to take it further. And I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT SHOOTING “Raw + JPEG” – a setting on most of the Digital SLRs today. I’m talking about just shooting RAW and grabbing the embedded JPEG that most RAW files have hidden within them. Michael Tapes, from the blog, has a slick little program that extracts the JPEG for you – almost instantly – right from the RAW file. The app (which isn’t really an app but an embedded part of your computer’s operating system) just gets pointed at the RAW files and BOOM – JPEG files are born almost instantly.

Tapes introduced the software when he guest-blogged on Scott Kelby’s blog a few weeks ago. Now you can go over to yourself and get the history and the latest version. It’s a great way to operate if you aren’t necessarily post-processing.


  1. Boy, you’re right on top of that latest version of IJFR!! It was just released the same day you posted this!

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