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Sorry to say, I learned late to shoot RAW + JPG. I grew up shooting film, so I was a little slow to learn the new digital aspects of photography. Now if the jpg is not satisfactory, or I wish to custom post process, then I have a fallback using the RAW to make corrections or adjustments.
Most of my photographs are for selling product. I need to be able to shoot a lot of pictures and have them come directly out of the camera sufficiently good for selling on Ebay. I need an image good enough to show the item as clear and accurately as possible, taking the least amount of time to accomplish that. I have two lighting stages, one for 3d items and the other for flat items. I don't use a tripod because there is not the space for it and I need the freedom move in or out or change from portrait to landscape as needed. If an image is not technically perfect, that is ok, the image displays an item on Ebay (many times inexpensive), item sells and any imperfections were overlooked by the buyer in preference for knowing what the item was for purchase. Simple practicality reasonably balanced with aesthetics.
FastStone Image Viewer: Practicality being primary, I use FastStone Image Viewer. It is an amazingly powerful, fast and easy program to use for managing files, folders, viewing, moving, and making quick adjustments for the items I sell or for web design. It is a free program, but I contributed $ because I found it sooo useful. If you try it, let me know what you think. Visit their website to see all it's features.
Affinity Photo: For RAW processing and other advanced editing I use Affinity Photo. Affinity is available for one low price with no subscription and regular updates. It is powerful, has more features than I will probably ever use and there are 90 official desktop training videos availble. I tried some of the free programs, Gimp, RawTherapee, Corel After Shot & Paint Shop (packaged with Fuji XP) and they did not gain my support. I am very happy and impressed with Affinity Photo. I am very practical and will not spend hundreds, if not thousands for a subscription over time. For a professional photographer or cinematographer a subscription to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom has it's advantages.
Pentax DCU: After learning my lesson from shooting only JPG, I now shoot RAW+JPG usually in Natural. So when using my Pentax K-70 I have the option of post processing directly into any one of the 12 Custom Image Profiles using the Pentax Digital Camera Utility 5 (DCU) and making adjustments from there. Profiles include Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Flat, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Process. Read more about Pentax Custom Image Profiles and see samples here. Until I become more adept at using Affinity Photo, these profiles give me plenty of artistic lattitude without much effort.