JPEG in Aperture?

by Scott Bourne


Sometimes less complicated is good. A reader sent me this quote and inspired this post.


I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A710IS digicam. It only shoots in JPEG mode. As someone who's spent the last several years shooting exclusively in RAW, this was a shock to my system.

But then, I realized, it was also a bit freeing. It meant images would not have to be decoded by Aperture. It meant that images would pop up on the screen more quickly and be easier to work with. It meant that even if I worked in the highest quality JPEG mode, I'd no longer worry about spinning beach balls.


Garry Helzer
2007-01-23 09:40:30
Arthur Morris, who uses a windows machine, recommends shooting RAW+JPEG for faster processing. How does Aperture treat RAW+JPEG files?
2007-01-23 18:01:32
Of course
Apple has so strongly advertised RAW power that JPEG was left
I've only had Aperture for a week now and I specifically bought it for JPEGs. My camera shoots raw, but because of size speed and extra work in converting them in DNGs (my camera is unsupported, and I used a hack) I just shoot high quality JPEG It works great!
James Duncan Davidson
2007-01-23 20:52:45
Garry: Aperture treats RAW+JPEG as a single "unit". It'll store both of them in either a managed library or an externally referenced library. It will also let you make a new version from the JPEG file instead of the RAW. But shooting RAW+JPEG won't speed up Aperture. Aperture still treats the RAW file as the authoritative source.

Andrew E. Sznerch
2007-02-04 08:37:41
The picture used is this article is both beautiful and stunning. It should be in National Geographic.
2007-02-20 21:30:43
You really don't want to be shooting JPEGs. Someday you will regret it. Trust me. The primary benefit of shooting raw is that you can recover files from bad lighting or bad exposure. Especially the latter. For example, you can turn down the exposure to recover blown out highlights and add a little bit of highlight recovery. Can't do that with JPEG. When manipulating a JPEG, the exposure control in Aperture basically turns into the brightness control (as far as I can tell). If you shoot raw, you are much more likely to someday recover hidden gems out of what would be rejects with JPEG.

Good rule of thumb: in digital, expose for the highlights. In film, expose for shadows.

Scott Hampton
2007-07-17 09:18:00
Hi Scott.
I've been scaling back from shooting RAW these days and opting to shoot more JPGs. Much more. Clients want copies of their images right away after a shoot and when I shoot RAW it eats up my time converting and exporting. Most of these are destined for monitor output, too.

I was trying to find out how Aperture handles JPGs, and this was good information. Good article!


Scott Hampton
2007-07-17 09:23:28
Sorry, for the record: I still use RAW, but don't depend on it. Don't think I was clear on that...