Does size matter???

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  1. moulie18

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    Hi people,
    I got my first D-SLR(Nikon D5000) and just wanted to ask what pixels should I use to take photos? (I do not print them)

    D5000 got 3 options- Small, Medium and Large.
    I am currently shooting with JPEG (Fine). Medium.


    Any idea please??


    thanks.
     
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    You don't print now, but maybe you will in the future. I shoot JPEG fine most of the time and RAW whenever I know I'll need serious white balance or curve adjustments.
     
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    Depends who your asking :p

    Honestly:
    MP doesn't matter greatly
    More MP Larger file / Larger print size
    but most 6mp + cameras can print a standard 8x10" with no quality loss
    your D5000 is more than capable
    I personally ALWAYS shoot RAW unless im doing a time lapse (lots of images in a series of seconds aka burst mode)

    Jpeg small will be for example 1024x768 (not really just an example) and medium will be 2048x1536 and large 3072x2304
    Raw is generally the same size as a Jpeg Large (but file size is larger)
     
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    Are you talking about the little diagram. One is alot fo blocks, one is a some blocks, and one is a smooth curve?

    If that's the case, I always shoot in Large. Never know when you'll get that perfect picture and your going to want to blow it up, or make it your desktop background, or whatever. I'd hate to see a great picture wasted. Remember, you can always shrink a photo, but it's much harder to expand it without loosing quality.

    I also shoot RAW all the time. I used to shoot RAW + JPEG, but it ate my memory to fast. So now it's just raw. If your not big into post processing, JPEG will probably work fine for you.
     
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    If your never going to print. You can use small as that will be large enough file for any view on a computer. You can use a smaller card and take more pics. If you play them on larger LCD tv's or something like that you might want to pick a larger size.
     
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    Shoot in as high as the camera can go (i shoot in JPEG fine, not into the RAW scene yet, but i'm gunna give it a shot soon) why pay for 10mp and only use 6, could have spent half the money and got a D40 same thing but no flip screen and LV....
     
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    RAW! :D
     
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    ^^^ What he said.
     
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    Hi everybody.

    Thanks so much for your time and info.

    I now have a clue about the size/type of shooting :)


    Thanks again.
     
  10. choudhrysaab

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    isn't that the ultimate question :)

    some women say no, some say yes.
    i know i don't have any kind of problem. :D


    oh wait ... you're talking about picture size/quality here. :blushing:
     
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    like epp_b said ... i usually shoot in Fine JPEG quality (cuz converting from RAW to JPEG is too much work and i'm a very lazy guy) but whenever I dedicate the day for photography (special occasion) then I shoot in RAW.
     
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    +1!
     

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