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08/18/2003 03:06:05 PM · #1
Just wondering what format everybody is using for their entries. My camera can take TIFF, but I normally use JPEG. I use TIFF only when I have to use my Digital Zoom (R U crazy) or family/friends pictures. TIFF takes up too much space.

Message edited by author 2003-08-18 15:06:59.
08/18/2003 03:11:42 PM · #2
I shoot in Jpeg since I only have one 256 meg card at the moment and I've been doing a lot of experimenting.
08/18/2003 03:18:55 PM · #3
I never tried shooting in RAW because I'm a lazy bastid. I really should try it though. It's apparently worthwhile to do so, because of the extra controle over the image. I just shoot too many pics to ever consider converting everything. I've done some wonderful large format prints 16x20 and 11x14 (from dpcprints.com) with Jpeg images I shot with my 10D. OK, I'll get Breeze Browser tonight and give it a try. Thanks for reminding me.
08/18/2003 09:33:27 PM · #4
By all means, try RAW format! Take a test picture of the same subject in RAW,TIFF and JPEG. Open them all and look at them side by side. It appears to me that the RAW image has a lot more "latitude". In high contrast pictures you can see details in the shadows that you can't even see in JPEGs or TIFFs.

Message edited by author 2003-08-18 21:33:59.
08/18/2003 09:59:22 PM · #5
I shoot JPEG the majority of the time for casual snapshots and documentary photos. However, my rule of thumb, if I am shooting to Print, I shoot RAW. If you know you are taking the picture for the purpose of a print, you'll have all the information you need digitally to take to the darkroom/photoshop.
08/18/2003 10:06:40 PM · #6
On Friday night I'm doing JPG,Saturday night it is all RAW and wild and on Sunday TIFF and quiet!

Well, most cqmeras don't give you EXIF data in TIFF so watch out!
08/18/2003 10:07:43 PM · #7
I think I am going to stick to JPG at this time. RAW just takes for freakin ever to edit one pic with a 500mhz, 256 RAM Mac with this crappy Nikon software. In my opinion I am getting the same finished quality anyway, considering that the Nikon software can save a 16bit TIFF, but gets changed right back to 8bit in PSE II, and the camera only captures 12bit anyway. What I think about it anyway.
08/19/2003 06:08:23 AM · #8
No one uses TIFF?
08/19/2003 06:44:26 AM · #9
Originally posted by faidoi:

No one uses TIFF?

Raw is normaly converted to TIFF, At least it is done that way on my camare software.

I only have 128mb CF card at the moment then I normaly only shot in JPG Superfine. I use RAW for special shoots
08/19/2003 07:40:34 AM · #10
Could someone help me out? I'm looking for my manual. I just took a photo in RAW format, and I can't pull it up from the card. How do I retrieve it?
08/19/2003 07:44:36 AM · #11

You owe it to yourself to shoot some stuff in raw on your 10D and "develop" the pictures with Capture One DSLR LE. They have a 30-day free trial, and the "LE" version is "hobbiest priced". The biggest difference is the "queue" for developing photos is limited to 10 pictures in LE, while it is unlimited in the full-priced version. But because of the C1 workflow, I don't find this a limitation. I work on the first photo, add it to the queue, and immediately move on to tweaking the next photo while the first one develops, etc. It is rare to fill up the queue when working in this fashion.

The real-time preview capability is probably the biggest selling point when compared to any of the other raw converters out there.
08/19/2003 07:50:37 AM · #12

Most, editors do not recognize RAW. On the D100 I could, 1)use the editor and viewer that came with the camera, 2) install the RAW plug-in on the camera's CD into Photoshop, 3) get a RAW program such as Adobe Camera RAW. I use Camera RAW all of the time now.

08/19/2003 08:19:00 AM · #13
Originally posted by hortopth:

Could someone help me out? I'm looking for my manual. I just took a photo in RAW format, and I can't pull it up from the card. How do I retrieve it?

The software that came with your camera will allow you to pull up the RAW image on your card.

Method 1:

1. Open ZoomBrowser and download the image from the card
2. Select the raw image, select edit, process raw images
3. Convert to TIFF so you can edit using your other software

Method 2:

1. Open the file viewer utility which came witht he camera
2. Open the RAW file on the card
3. Convert to TIFF so you can edit

If your file viewer software doesn't work properly then get the latest update from the Canon website.

08/19/2003 08:37:45 AM · #14
Stopped shooting in JPEG two months ago after buying Capture One LE. Now shoot RAW with the smallest JPEG size embedded. What got me hooked on RAW with Capture 1 is the ease with which you correct WB, exposure and saturation without the file data deteriorating!

As I am getting better and better at getting the exposure right at the time of capture, I'll probably switch to shooting RAW with the largest JPEG. If the photos are fine, I can just extract them quickly with Canon software. If there is a slight problem, I'll develop it into 16-bit TIFF. My only concern is the card space and then archiving and storage. The files are absolutely huge!
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