Image Quality mode to shoot with D1x
I just purchased a D1x and am going to be using it for screen shots and to print up to 8x10. If I do a lot of cropping it will probably be for a smaller size print.
What image quality to shoot with, High Large JPEG or Compressed RAW (or other)? I have a 128mb compactflash and a 256mb compactflash card.
Any other helpful tips for a novice D1x user whose a casual photographer for family photographs?
From what I've used of it so far it is wonderful (I upgraded from a Canon G1). I think my F4s is going to be doing more sitting in the bag than it's used to but I won't give that up, ever!
#1. "RE: Image Quality mode to shoot with D1x" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberMon 01-Jul-02 09:37 AM
Think of RAW mode as being like a digital negative: you need to process the file with Nikon View / Capture, QImage or Bibble to get a viewable result. The big advantage is that you get the absolute best quality the camera is capable of, you can produce 16-bit TIFFs that retain the full dynamic range of the CCD (which is useful if you process images in Photoshop) and you can take advantage of improvements in the processing applications, which are continuously evolving to produce more accurate colour and better resolution through improved Beyer interpolation algorithms. The downside is that the RAW files are much larger than JPEGs - you'd probably need some more storage.
JPEGs have the advantage of smaller file sizes and having the camera produce an immediately usable result.
Assuming you have the necessary software (QImage and Bibble are both available as shareware trial versions) try both modes and see if you think RAW gives a big enough advantage.
#2. "RE: Image Quality mode to shoot with D1x" | In response to Reply # 0jrobichaud Registered since 14th Mar 2002Mon 01-Jul-02 11:19 AM
I have found the largest JPEG option to be the best. The RAW files have not been as easy to work with on my D1X. You have to be pretty careful about WB settings in JPEG, but otherwise yeilds great results. My only caution is only JPEG once. Shooting in JPEG is not problem, multiple sessions in photoshop saved each time as a JPEG looses information with each compression. Save your original, then save manipulations as TIFF files. Best wishes!