Raw - Why should I bother?
In another photography forum, someone stated that people should be shooting raw. I tried it once but I couldn't figure out what to do with the pictures. I don't have Photoshop and think it would be a waste of money to buy and figure out how to use it given my age and stage in life and what I normally do with my photos.
What am I taking pictures of, you ask.
I am doing photo-documentation of cemeteries where I want the photo to show the state of the gravestones as they are in life, and hopefully if the inscriptions are readable, I'd like to be able to read them.
I travel, and when I travel, I am often shooting photos from a moving vehicle as Bob doesn't stop for me to take photos.
If I am not in a car, I am usually on a scooter - I am either driving with one hand and taking photos with the other (and trying not to run over other people) or I am taking a photo of something at a distance because I physically cannot get closer. If possible I will change to a longer lens, but sometimes I can't do that.
Sometimes if there is very rapid action I will take a short video or do the rapid fire pictures of the movement.
I also take photos of food - when traveling, and we go out to eat at least once a week when we are home.
And of course I take photos of my family.
Since the Out of My Comfort Zone instructional series stopped, I am not really taking photos for Digigrins - I am mostly looking back to see what photos I have already taken that are appropriate for the mini-series.
Now, which of those activities would be suitable and appropriate for me to shoot raw and which will it make no difference and which would not be suitable?
Keep in mind that I am almost 80 years old and I'm pretty happy with what I have been doing. I know I'm not professional grade, and have no desire to become a professional (although I have actually sold some of my pictures). How much time would it take me to learn a new technique? Would it really be worth it? Or should I just say - I come from the film era and I have enough to do with figuring out digital jpeg so respect your elders and lay off the 'people should shoot raw' stuff.