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Old January 11th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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Chauncy with some spittle on his lip!






ok, back to figuring out how this thing works.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Cool, what camera?
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Old January 11th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #4
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Kitty doesn't look happy

One of the first things i learned with my D40 was to shoot everything in RAW mode. It allows for post image changes without loss, unlike jpeg. Since i am still learning a lot, i like to be able to go back and make changes to white balance and exposure. There was no exif data so maybe you already are. Congrats on the new camera, you'll love it!
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Old January 11th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #5
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Old January 11th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #6
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One of the first things i learned with my D40 was to shoot everything in RAW mode. It allows for post image changes without loss, unlike jpeg. Since i am still learning a lot, i like to be able to go back and make changes to white balance and exposure. There was no exif data so maybe you already are. Congrats on the new camera, you'll love it!
that is where I'm lost. I need to research all of that. I've messed around and took about 100 in fine/large and I'm pretty impressed with how they look. I think it is pretty pointless to snap photos that large, but trying to learn what does what.

I'll look into the raw files right now.

Silly question,. what is a "raw" file? What can you view it with?
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RAW is basically uncompressed version of the same image. The image size and quality are the same, but the file is around 12 mb each. You can also shoot RAW+jpeg, so that you get the RAW image and a jpeg of it for viewing quickly. Basically RAW allows you to make changes to the image in a program such as photoshop or lightroom without having loss to the image. I'm not really sure how the file itself works, but to my understanding its like saving the image with all the possibilities built right in, and you pick the best looking after the shot is taken.

You can use photoshop to view it, or lightroom, or anything else that will open .nef files. I think the camera actually comes with nikon's software to open them. Capture NX is nikon's version of a photo editor.
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can all SLR's do the "RAW" image?


I have a cannon rebel xti and that wounds like it would be fun to mess around with.


btw nice pic CC
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Not really sure, but i would think so. Hell my P&S shoots RAW.
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wow. I took your advice, took some raw photos, and used nikon's nx to view them.. that is amazing.

I bought a couple 16 gig sd cards, so I have plenty of space. I'm going to shoot with raw + jpg
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Old January 11th, 2009, 11:33 PM   #11
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like was said above, RAW is uncompressed. jpeg, tiff, etc are compressed files. Put simply, in order to compress the file size down, some data needs to be thrown away. That's what makes RAW better. TIFF is better than jpeg. Jpeg looses more info each time you modify and resave the file.
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So when you're saving in RAW mode, you can just convert them to jpeg's via photoshop, etc if needed?
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Yes, in photoshop you can save a RAW file to another format. I played around shooting some pictures in RAW, but now only take them in JPEG. I've found if all you're doing is posting pictures on internet/email you won't even notice a difference in quality and they take up less space on your memory card and computer.
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Its not really a matter of quality, at least how i understand it. A jpeg right from the camera's card untouched should be almost the same as a raw image untouched saved to a jpeg. The idea is that a raw can be changed without loss as oppose to trying to alter a jpeg which will look like shit in the long run. I know a couple confident photogs who shoot jpeg simply because they KNOW they got the shot,exposure,WB adjustment perfect the first time.

I shoot RAW simply because i'm new and suck at getting it right the first time in manual mode, so i can go back and change things later. If using Lightroom 2, which i suggest you at least check out since its AWESOME, you can export an entire set in a couple of minutes to .jpeg You can also use LR to catalog your pics, flag them to delete, mass change things, etc...
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RAW is just annoying to shoot in.

I prefer JPG
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not to get away from topics, but what is the slr? is it the "35 mm" style camera but digital?
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single lens reflex. What you see with the view finder is what you actually get a picture of. it has mirrors in it.
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single lens reflex. What you see with the view finder is what you actually get a picture of. it has mirrors in it.
so you can get live action shots, and not the typical digital delay?
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