Alright, so, I know that people will bite my head off for a variety of things on this, but please try to keep on the question at hand.
I have a confession to make: I usually shoot jpeg. Yes, yes, i know. I am a heathen and shall be condemed to dante's inferno unless I change my ways. But! There is hope on the horrizon, I am trying to change.
Seriously, I've become acostumed to jpeg for a couple of reasons. First off, the 300D's buffer is painfully slow, and working in RAW when I need to keep shooting is hard-nay impossible. The big thing though is the fact that however I shoot (aperature/iso/whatever) I am never quite pleased with the results I get when I work in RAW. I assume that I am just not doing it right. So, I've decided to try to learn how to do it right, but the same problem keeps coming up evertime.
I always seem to get this sort of....grain, I cant think of a better word for it, in my RAW images that I do not see in jpeg. Doesn't matter what ISO I'm on.
(this is where ya'll will go nuts at me for a second time, the following was shot with a bad lens at 1600, in low light and handheld. try to look past that, unless of course it is why the picture sucks so badly)
This is an actuall pixels screen of the raw file after I opened it, nothing done to it in PS.
Maybe it's just me, but that is awful grainy to me. Even after noise reduction it seems to remain so.
Maybe I'm totally off here. If so please tell me, I would love to hear whatever, even if it's you telling me I'm a moron.
Also, here is the full shot (just for reference). It's nothing good, just the one I picked to ask about.
Thanks guys, I apreciate it. Also, if I need to resize any of these just tell me. Although that whole hurricane thing might mess me up for a few days...