If JPG is Good Enough for Reuters, Shouldn’t It Be Good Enough for You?

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Short answer: maybe, maybe not. But it is intriguing that this highly professional consumer of images has decided that the current state of minimally processed JPGs is good enough for production work. It is another data point in what we’ll call the first in a new series entitled “Enough Already” – although maybe we should have bestowed that honor upon the 50MP Canon 5Ds twins  [B&H|Amazon].

I took out a 1970’s era Braun Nizo S56 Super 8 camera a few weeks ago and shot 50’ of Tri-X reversal film – just about three minutes – on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The grain was enormous, the dynamic range narrow, the absence of image stabilization obvious.

I loved it.

My standard interview camera is now not a camera at all, but a 4K-recording iPhone 6s Plus.

Crazy good (the interview with Chuck Westfall below was shot with a plain ol' iPhone 6).

I shot a Sony a7s II [B&H|Amazon] last month; I’m finishing up an in-depth review of the Sony FS7 over the next two weeks.

Both stunning.

But the more deeply I become involved with cameras and grading, the less time I have for writing, and the less money I have for everything else – like travel.

The art of writing is the art of thinking. The art of rewriting is the art of thinking more deeply. And travel? Well, what are we but the sum of our experiences? Aren’t our experiences and what we think and feel about them — especially travel — what give each of us our unique perspective?

So, should I spend my time and money on raw image processing? Upgrading to 4K with its attendant overhead? Slog-3?

Maybe, maybe and maybe – or maybe not. What serves the story best?

Reuters is a news organization concerned with image quality AND image integrity, so what’s right or necessary for it may not be for me – or you.

But it has to be written yet again that there are so many pieces and pipes in imaging workflow these days I see getting in the way, diverting resources from what is most important, rather than giving me something worth the inertial drag and incremental image quality of the process.

Reuters has clearly drawn the same conclusion.

Of course, if I were making a major motion picture for theatrical release I’d probably feel differently.

But maybe – just maybe – I might not.

Your mileage may vary.

Reuters Issues a Worldwide Ban on RAW Photos

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Via PetaPixel:

Reuters has implemented a new worldwide policy for freelance photographers that bans photos that were processed from RAW files. Photographers must now only send photos that were originally saved to their cameras as JPEGs.

The announcement was made to freelance photographers this week via this short email from a Reuters pictures editor:


“I’d like to pass on a note of request to our freelance contributors due to a worldwide policy change.. In future, please don’t send photos to Reuters that were processed from RAW or CR2 files. If you want to shoot raw images that’s fine, just take JPEGs at the same time. Only send us the photos that were originally JPEGs, with minimal processing (cropping, correcting levels, etc).


A Reuters spokesperson has confirmed this policy change with PetaPixel, and says that the decision was made to increase both ethics and speed.

Read full article at PetaPixel “Reuters Issues a Worldwide Ban on RAW Photos”

(cover photo credit: snap from PetaPixel)

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