I am a relative novice and have often read the various arguments about shooting jpeg vs. RAW. To be honest, I was not convinced of the benefit of RAW. Most of the time the JPEGs look just fine to me and it is so much simpler. Well, I was looking back tonight at some of my images and found one that I kind of liked, but I only had a second to take it (those little critters are fast ) and the image was way overexposed and blown out. I had shot it using RAW and JPEG so I decided to see what I might be able to do. Below is the original JPEG file followed by the RAW, which I quickly processed. It's still not great, but I was amazed at the amount of detail I was able to get back. Note that I did this with iPhoto, which is all I have at the moment, so perhaps I could get better results with a good editor (and if I knew what I was doing ). I tried to edit the JPEG file also, but most of the information was just gone. I still think shooting JPEG is great for snap shots, etc, but I think I will be shooting RAW or JPG + RAW in the future in any situation where it matters.