WOW! I LOVE RAW! It is so cool to be able to tweak images after the fact without affecting their quality by too much levels/curves play. I mean, yeah, I really want to nail exposure, but what a treat. Just tried it for the first time this morning and I'm sold!! The Canon 60D has the ability to edit RAW right in-camera, which I guess some cameras do not, so that was a great bonus to discover, too.
Here's my first two RAW shots, one of my daughter applying lipstick, and then she actually took one of me that I actually like (I usually hate, hate, hate pictures of myself):
I was so resistant to RAW, but I'm glad I finally gave it a chance. There really is a lot more control with the file. If you ever save up enough, I highly suggest LR 4. I'm so incredibly happy with it. And awesome bonus about editing RAW in camera! You're really making me want an upgrade even more now
Making the switch! Tomorrow I go into the studio for 6 hours of side by side photoshop training!!! The one thing my "boss" said is that I need to start shooting in raw so tomorrow I will hear all about it and give it a try! Hope I feel like you girls and wish I would have started sooner!
Once I switched to RAW I never looked back. The ease in editing is worth it alone...though I am a frequent over shooter and RAW files on the 5Dmii are outragous. I've just learned to cull right after I upload.