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Old 09-12-2004, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there an advantage to setting your camera recording to Large/Fine jpeg vs.Small/Normal jpeg. The Large setting takes a lot more space on your media. So wouldn't it be best to set the camera to the Small setting to increase the number of pics I could take with media card?

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Re: Digital Camera Settings
Old 09-12-2004, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, there is an advantage: when you are reviewing the pics in Photoshop's File Browser or your camera's native file software, if you used Large/Fine JPEG thumbnails, you will be able to see a much better representation of the RAW file. That thumbnail is what you are seeing until you enter the import phase of the process. You may also, depending on your camera, get more accurate previews, as that's also what your camera puts up for your review.

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Re: Digital Camera Settings
Old 09-12-2004, 10:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there an advantage to setting your camera recording to Large/Fine jpeg vs.Small/Normal jpeg. The Large setting takes a lot more space on your media. So wouldn't it be best to set the camera to the Small setting to increase the number of pics I could take with media card?

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Old 09-12-2004, 10:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well if you are "only" interested in shooting alot of pictures, then SMALL is for you. Most (I know I do) shoot in atleast Large/Fine if not RAW for the best quality!
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JPEGS are they LOSSY or Lousy Files
Old 09-13-2004, 02:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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FYI - By defenition JPEGS are a LOSSY image format. Simply put the higher compression settings (for small file sizes) result in poor image quality (digital arifacts). Therefore, if you don't need to have high quality digital files (perhaps you only want small files for the web) use the higher compression settings and get more photos on your card.

Otherwise, if you will need all the binary bits in your image (say for poster size prints) you should use RAW files which use use no copression or lossless compression techniques.

In practice, I shoot either RAW or High Quality JPEG then convert (compress) in Photoshop to suit the need.

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Always use the highest setting
Old 09-13-2004, 09:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You should always use the highest setting (the one that creates the largest sized jpeg). Why? By using the larger setting, if you need to do more work on the photo later (cropping, color enhancement, etc), the larger the original, the more you will have to work with. Memory cards are cheap. For maximum flexibility, use RAW, and then you can do your processing in 16bit with even more possibilities.



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