Jpeg Image quality

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  1. Raydee

    Raydee TPF Noob!

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    What image quality do you guys shoot at? I was told to use Jpeg normal but I think Jpeg High looks a little better most of the time. What do you guys use?
     
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    Always shoot on the highest quality you can "afford" to based on your available memory. If you camera has an option to shoot RAW, I would recommend that. Remember, you can take detail out to make the picture smaller, you can't really put it back in.
     
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    I agree - shoot with the highest quality you can get away with. I would stick to either high quality JPEG or RAW if you camera will suppore RAW (or if you have space RAW+JPEG)
    The argument as to which is better between RAW and high quality JPEG is long and full of pluggers for both ;) so find one that you like to use.
     
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    I disagree. Jpeg normal (or high if that looks better to you) is suitable for MOST things. The only time I would shoot RAW is if I am taking 1 meticulously planed out photo in a perfect studio setting that I knew I was going to later modify.

    For everything else I use jpeg. The quality difference isn't really big enough if you don't plan on making huge enlargements or doing heavy editing.

    That also depends on your camera though, I mean if your Jpeg quality is not too great even on high, then by all means, use what looks better to you, but most of the time Jpeg will cut it.

    However if you prefer RAW over Jpeg for ANY reason, go for it, it's all a matter of preference. There is no right setting.

    Also, some cameras can shoot straight to TIFF. That might be an option for you. (Tiff is lossless)
     
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    Why would anyone spend all that time and money on good gear, and then only use part of its capabilities?

    I'm always surprised when this subject is brought up.
     
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    Because it's chic, just like buying a Canon 1Ds mkIII then asking what Av,Tv, etc. is (anyone remember that guy?)
     
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    Well, since the manufacturers put it on there people clearlywant it (?)

    Of course it may be that people got into the mindset of having to make a choice when memory was a lot more expensive.

    I got a 8GB card for my 350D for £16 that stores virtually 1000 shots RAW but when a 250MB card was the latest mind blowing thing it would only have had the capacity of a 36 exp film at the same quality.
     
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    I've always shot in RAW. The thing that I like about it is that you can store all of your images in a lossless format. I can go back to any picture that I've ever taken and it is in the same quality as the day I shot it. Just my $.02
     
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    Memory is cheap. Why limit the quality of your image? Shoot RAW. You can always create a small JPG with it, but you can never go the other way.
     
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    Yep, shoot RAW, get an external hard drive, that way you can take the WHOLE hard drive with you to visit family/friends and show off your pics!

    If I wanted a quick snapshot to put online, then yes id switch to the highest quality JPEG my A200 offers. But even then a RAW takes only a few moments to convert to a jpeg that would look the same or better than the camera's processor is capable of...At least with photoshop CS3....
     
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    No reason to ever shoot Jpeg unless you have one memory card for a whole weekend of shooting and you need hundreds or photos. Always shoot in highest quality you can. You can always convert RAW to JPEG or TIFF but not the other way. The first time you recover a shot due to improper settings you will be sold on the benefit of RAW.
     
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    Because a hobbyist who knows how to set up their camera can shoot jpeg and not really miss much of anything.
     

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