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Although recovering highlight and shadow detail will not be as dramatic when working with JPEGs in Camera Raw, I find it very useful to use the different controls to make adjustments to my images. I have also found that I have made a dramatic change in the amount of time it takes me to process a batch of images. I now routinely load groups of JPEG images into camera raw, make adjustments and synchronize all images wherever possible. It has made photo editing seem almost effortless compared to what I was doing before. I now find that I can do most of my editing in Camera Raw without ever having to open the images in Photoshop.
In many instances, I find that I can simply use the Image Processor to open my images and prepare them so that I can send them to a local lab for processing. That is one area where I find Photoshop/Bridge very useful. The only problem I'm having with Camera Raw is that I have not yet figured out how to use the redeye tool. So in my last batch of pictures of my little granddaughter, the only editing I did in Photoshop was to use the redeye tool on a couple of the pictures. Camera Raw pretty much did everything else for me.
If the images had no profiles, they are likely to be sRGB.
"It has made photo editing seem almost effortless compared to what I was doing before. I now find that I can do most of my editing in Camera Raw without ever having to open the images in Photoshop."
I agree Jim. I've gone through several important games that I shot in the past with four different bodies. Those shot for one client are always in RAW. Two others insist on JPEGs, sometimes the smallest that a camera can do.
CR 4.1 is doing a great job of being able to almost totally avoid Photoshop. I have some issues with posterization and sharpening but the various forum discussions are giving me some direction during the steeper than expected learning curve.
>> I have some issues with posterization...<<
From what I read, it could help to convert to 16 bit TIFFs first:
I have a Sony Digital DSC-S70 camera. Would digital raw capture work with my camera?
Can your camera even shoot and record RAW images? I don't think so.
The camera has to be able to produce RAW images in the first place,