View Poll Results: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

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  • I backup the RAW only -- Screw the PSD since I can PP again!

    11 39.29%
  • I backup the PSD only -- I have no need for the original RAW.

    5 17.86%
  • I backup both PSD and RAW -- HD storage is cheap, anyways!

    12 42.86%
  • Uhm, don't know what backup means -- I can re-shoot anyways!

    0 0%
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Thread: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

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    Default After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    Ideally, I'd like to backup both (PSD and RAW) but the files are big. My dilemma is:

    - If I backup the RAW file only, I lose out on some of the post-processing (and layers) I've done.

    - If I backup the PSD file only, will there be a future scenario where I might need the RAW file?

    Please share your backup practice. Which format do you keep?

  2. #2

    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    normally editing raw comes with xmp file right? so... still can load again.

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    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    the idea behind is:

    1. Open RAW
    2. Adjust WB, Curves, etc.
    3. Save as PSD
    4. Open PSD
    5. Retouch (adjustment layers, filters, etc.)

    after those steps, which file to backup (on a NAS, DVD, etc.)? as mentioned earlier, if I backup only one (either RAW or PSD), I lose out on some functionality. If I backup both, it eats up a lot of space.

    i was wondering what others do when it comes to backups.

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    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    Now it all depends on the amount of work that is going into the PP stage.

    If I am going to make it a project that involves multiple layers, multiple stages of editing, then I'll save both, separately of course.

    The RAW goes into archival if I need to redo the project later on. And the PSD is for working on, slowly. This will give u more room to manouevre and not have any bridges cut off...
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    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    whatever the questions are, whether a or b, c or d, its always best if you can do both...

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    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    I keep both. But if I need to 'save space' on my harddisk, then I'll keep the RAW for the shots that I prefer.

  7. #7

    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    After I'm done with RAW processing in Lightroom, I export all the chosen files into TIFF (LZW) and discard the RAW. I've rarely... or never, seen the need to re-process or edit the RAW file.

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    Default Re: After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?

    only for some (those i like) i save as psd..
    coz i edit quite much, hence one psd file can be like 100mb..

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