Jared Polin says to always shoot in RAW mode. It’s not something I’ve done until recently (including the sushi shot a few days ago)… but with Adobe offering free use of Lightroom through the end of the month, I’ve been trying it some.
The amount of control you get in Lightroom is amazing… and daunting. Color temperature, saturation, white balance, EXIF data, blacks, contrast, curves, etc, etc, etc…. enough to make you go a little cross eyed while you learn it. Still… I don’t think you can argue with this result. I love the dark blacks and the high contrast. For a quick snap shot, I was able to work it to my liking.