King Mustard, on 17 November 2012 - 18:54, said:
I cba to shoot in RAW (NEF on my camera, I believe) because I upload my JPGs online a lot, and it's effort converting them. Also, I'll probably have to adjust the lighting etc. on every photo as the camera won't do it if I use NEF.
I'm willing to put effort in, hence this topic, but not that much every time I put photos onto my PC and wish to upload them.
Well, if you used a software like Lightroom it would all be automatic.
For example: I use Aperture, because I have a Mac so what I do is I import all my shots and then I could simply share them right from the program and the conversion happens on the fly.
Actually, the conversion happens on import/it uses the JPG miniatures created by the camera (most cameras will add a JPG version to the RAW file for previews).
So that's what I do, it's simple, fast and I saves me the trouble of having to use archaic ways of sorting photos (file system structure only, database pwns, even more so when you consider all edits are non-destructive)
As for the lighting, well, you have a point there that RAWs usually are darker than their JPG counterparts, but Lightroom lets you do automatic adjustments to photos on import.
(even lens correction if you want to go that far)
As far as I have heard Lightroom's auto applied (but if you want manually configured) adjustments on import are excellent.
Don't go with less, this could be ideal for you.