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    What do you with your RAW files AFTER workflow is completed?

    What do you with your RAW files AFTER workflow is completed?

    I am still trying to workout which method is best/preferred.
    I am also in the process of trying all different programs

    Do you turn them into large .jpeg and upload them to flickr etc.. or tiff..PSD?

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    I keep them, most of the time. I keep the Raw file, the XMP file, and the edited PSD file. I don't keep any Jpegs, as a rule. (Trash those jpegs!)

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    Keep em. You never know when you might get asked..' ooh, can I have a black and white copy of that' etc. Or what if you learn a new processing technique in 12 months time, and think, "oh I know what photo I would love to do this too". Working from the original RAW file gives you a great starting point for the new version.

    When/if you ever shot with film, you always got a negative, your RAW file is your digital negative, and you can make heaps of copies/prints from your digital negative, so keep them, back them up.

    I keep my RAW file, a TIF copy of any good edited versions and a small jpg.
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    Raw files are basically digital negatives.

    I always keep my raw files.

    I end up with four files after finishing the post-processing of a single image (assuming I don't blend multiple exposures);

    1. IMG_XXXX.CR2;
    2. IMG_XXXX.XMP;
    3. IMG_XXXX Processed.PSD; and
    4. IMG_XXXX Processed.JPG.

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    I am import my raw into LR and also on a back up hard disk. I start the initial edit in PS, and save back to LR (now I have a raw and tiff in LR), I further edit in LR and then output a small jpg for web upload. I now have a TIFF, 2 Raw (1 as backup) and a jpg. I am not too worried about the jpg as I can reproduce it anytime from LR.
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    I keep all my RAW files and XMP files after processing in Lightroom. Generate jpgs if I need them. Keep all the RAW, XMP and Lightroom CAT files on a RAID 5 NAS, local drive and a remote USB drive.

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    Keep the raws!!
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    Yep keep em
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    I always keep my RAW files which get copied to an external hard drive as well as a disc along with the final post processed version saved as a TIFF.

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