Monday, June 02, 2008
It Was Cold, Wet, and RAW This Weekend
No, it wasn't cold and wet, but yes, it was my first wedding shooting RAW this weekend. I have to admit, it was kind of scary - heck I only had 96 gigs of cards with me - OK, just a joke. But, really I was a little nervous. Here's why.
Normally, I'm a crazy man when it comes to shooting a wedding. The camera is on the high speed drive setting and I have no compunction about shooting 4000 images on a job. Shooting RAW made me think twice about that this weekend - In fact, I shot about 2000 images. I was concerned about how fast I was using up my 4-gig cards.
Now the upside of that is less time editing and that's a good thing. Also, another observation I made was the fact I tried to make each shot count more. But, I have to admit, I "hated" that perceived shooting constraint this weekend. I mean, isn't the beauty of "digital" that every exposure is free? So that's one issue I've still got to sort out.
Also, I'm not looking forward to needing 5 DVD's to back up the data. I know some people say shoot RAW, make the corrections, save in Lightroom, save the high res images, then ditch the RAW files. Sorry, that doesn't work for me - I'm just too much of a pack rat to ditch the images. Maybe the new Blu-Ray discs are a possible answer. It probably means more and bigger cards. Again, I'll keep you posted on my new workflow situation.