Nikon d2x updating firmware
(I can see differences if I blow things up to 100% or bigger on my computer, but not in prints.)That's about all there is to it.
I'm sharing what works for me gathered across three decades of continuous full-time paid professional experience in digital imaging.
In addition I was studying digital imaging for ten years before I got my engineering degree and started as a professional working with the guys with Ph. If you shoot hundreds or thousands of images in a day shoot JPG and don't worry.
You'd always be running out of memory cards or time waiting for the access light to stop blinking.
If you love to tweak your images one-by one and shoot less than about a hundred shots at a time than raw could be for you.
Since raw data is entirely unique to each camera, and different even for different firmware revisions for the same camera, raw isn't even a format, even though the different files have the same suffix like . I can't; that's why I converted my files from these programs to the universal . Do you trust Canon, Nikon and Adobe to support 10 or 20 year old cameras? If you do, go ahead and leave your raw files as raw.
I convert all my raw files to JPGs or TIFFs for archiving.
Software takes much longer to do the same thing the camera's hardware does, but gives less confident people the chance to try to fix mistakes later.
This page generates controversy because fact doesn't always agree with old wives' tales circulated by newcomers to digital photography in chat rooms.
Your contrast, white balance, sharpening and everything are applied to the raw data in-camera, and only afterwards is the file compressed and stored as a JPG.
You'll see no additional artifacts since that's all done before the JPG conversion.
A big problem in 2008 is that people are shooting raw and not knowing why. If you just bought a new camera, you won't be able to open the files until you update your computer's software.