Output and Storage Questions
My D100 arrives today and I was starting to think about how this will change where I send my files for "printing." Two questions really....
First, if I shoot in the RAW mode, do I have to convert to jpeg for a online retailer to produce prints for me?
Second, I have used Clubphoto and Shutterfly but was wondering if there are any other recommendations from the group?
I have one more too, again, shooting RAW, does everyone store/archive the file in the native format and then just manipulate it (color, contrast, compression, etc) and save a copy for a given presentation? In other words, the original is still kept in its native format.
#1. "RE: Output and Storage Questions" | In response to Reply # 0Jazzster_1 Registered since 14th Aug 2002Fri 02-Jan-04 11:42 AM
Regarding your first question...I would ask the retailer. Ritz Camera for instance will take either jpeg or tiff. Here's a couple things you need to be aware of with all printing agencies...
1) Pictures from non full frame digital cameras do not output the same size "prints" therefore, if you take an uneditted file to say Ritz and ask them to print an 8x10, you will get back a cropped version of what you expected. In order to get a true 4x6, 5x7, or 8x10 you must crop to the desired size in an image editting program before you send you photo out for printing. Additionally, if you want the exact same print that you see on your computer screen, ensure you specify "NO ADJUSTMENTS" to the printing agency or they will attempt to color correct the image. Speaking of color correcting...
2) Check with the printing agency to see if they have a specific "color profile" that your picture must be saved in prior to printing, or again, you will not get back what you expected. A safe bet is to either assign or convert your picture to the "sRGB Color Profile" and then apply a little saturation before you save. Pictures lose saturation when you convert from ADOBE RGB1998 to sRGB because the Adobe profile has a wider color gamut.
As for what online printing agency to use, I can't help you there because I either print my own or take them to Ritz Camera and have them printed on the Fuji Fronteir printer (the best commercial digital printer available today).
Regarding the RAW file format, I believe Capture 4 will allow you to overwrite the original RAW file once you make the adjustments you want but I'm not sure as I don't own the program--just something I've read so, another knowledgeable Nikonian may be able to answer this one for you.
Personally, I make the adjustments to my RAW and then save as a tif; I prefer the original left untouched in case I want to go back and "reprocess". Another benefit, instead of taking 2 exposures to deal with highlights and shadows (as long as you don't blowout your highlights), you can process the RAW for highlights and then process it again for the shadows by making the necessary adjustments--2 individual photos of the same thing not necessary.
Hope this helps.
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#2. "RE: Output and Storage Questions" | In response to Reply # 0cruzf Basic MemberFri 02-Jan-04 11:47 AM
In my experience, to answer your questions:
1) You'll have to convert from RAW to JPEG to get prints from an online printer
2) I've used adorama & walmart (both online & brick/mortar) with excellent results (last month did three 11x14's for my wife's office and a baby shower with 80 prints, respectively)
3) I've done this with my RAW files, but Frankly (pun intended) , I find that I can get the same quality from shooting with JPEG Small, Medium & Large. If I feel the need, I'll shoot RAW, but 95% of my shots are now JPEG.
#3. "RE: Output and Storage Questions" | In response to Reply # 24runner Registered since 28th Dec 2003Fri 02-Jan-04 03:15 PM
still waiting for UPS to show
Thanks for the responses. That is helpful. Whatever format I shoot I will save the original "untouched." I just feel better about it for some reason. As far JPEG vs RAW, I was thinking RAW so I could make exposure adjustments and bracket pictures as necessary to combine the two images into one for those tough shots.
Are there any other thoughts on JPEG vs RAW anyone cares to share?