SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera) vs. RAW / Post Processing ?

Black & White print, Obstefeller Festival Stavanger, 2016

While trying to get started on my OCA Foundations In Photography assignments, the  one thing that disturbs & distracts me the most is the rigid system of RAW, the systematic planning of me, as a visual artist need to learn, pay for and master this unnecessary and cumbersome tool,..

If one can afford a high-quality photographic tool (a camera) which produces great imagery SOOC (High Quality JPEG’s) which appeals to my liking and the the visual expression I am looking for,..  the effectiveness of a simple and not to costly bare-minimum post-processing tool ( such as Adobe Lightroom ) , . .  does that set me back as an artist? Capturing it all in the moment, the framing, and trusting the SOOC process to do the job?

Or, to the extreme,.. let an iPhone, with simple post-processing in SnapSeed et al , . .  work it out for me in the simplest, most accessible and lightweight way possible?

I have a simple diary of images I captured, and choose to share on Flickr. The difference between an image from a simple iPhone, or a 2500$ Fujifilm Kit? Yes,I love my simple, high-quality Fujifilms,.. but the end result?

One picture with an iPhone, of a High-resolution picture from a pro-camera and a mounted pro-lens, printed on a cheap Epson printer, through the lens of a simple iPhone. And another picture, same location, same light, same room, shot with a pro-camera/lens.

Do these pictures differ in telling my story?


A Day in the Life, 2016

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