New Camera Anatomy: 12 key camera settings to get you started right
2. Image Quality: Extra Fine or Highest Quality JPEG
All digital cameras allow you to save images as JPEG files, but some also allow you to save them as raw files and raw and JPEG files at the same time.
Raw format files capture the maximum amount of data and they are the best option to use if you want to do lots of editing of images on the computer, but they require specialist software to process them because they are not a universally recognised format.
Fortunately, raw file conversion software, which allows some editing of raw files and their conversion to more widely recognised TIFF and JPEG files is usually provided with your camera.
Don’t forget, if you email a friend a raw image they are unlikely to be able to open it. They should be able to see JPEG files, however.
The JPEG format is also required if you want to upload images to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or to online labs to make prints.
If you want the best of both worlds, set your camera to record raw and JPEG files, but bear in mind that the memory card will fill up much more quickly.
PAGE 1: Best settings for your new camera – format the card
PAGE 2: Best settings for your new camera – image quality
PAGE 3: Best settings for your new camera – image size and exposure mode
PAGE 4: Best settings for your new camera – sensitivity, white balance and metering
PAGE 5: Best settings for your new camera – focus mode
PAGE 6: Best settings for your new camera – drive mode and image stabilisation
PAGE 7: Best settings for your new camera – Picture Style/Control and colourspace
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on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am under Photography for Beginners.
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