What's the format type for your digital photos?

@youless (91111)
Guangzhou, China
September 1, 2008 4:15am CST
I think most of you use jpg for your digital photos. However, there is also a format type called raw. Do you use it? I heard that the photos will be better after print out, since this is the original format.
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10 responses
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
17 Sep 08
RAW is only good if you know how to manipulate the different layers within the picture. And you cannot view it with a normal picture viewer. You need a special software to open the RAW format pictures. Given that we usually develop our photos at the photoshops, not all of them are equipped to handle RAW pictures. Given that most of us are not using the pictures we take for any professional services, jpeg is more than sufficient to meet our needs. Also, with the large file that RAW creates, you need really huge memory cards to be able to shoot more pictures when you are going out with your camera. Unless you really love to manipulate and play with editing of pictures, RAW is not recommended. jpeg does a mighty good job already.
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Sep 08
You are right. At least I haven't used RAW format yet.
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
17 Sep 08
Like I said, if you have a knack for editing photos, then you will need the RAW format. Otherwise, you cannot even view them on your computer without the specialized software. In fact, for simple editing, jpeg is also sufficient for many purpose. What you would need is more mega pixels crammed into the same picture. That would be more useful to non professionals like us.
@oiixdaii (1059)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I always shoot in RAW format because it has more flexibility but the file size is too large. According to some of the articles I've read, shooting in raw is just like the unprocessed photo in the darkroom of film photographs. By shooting raw, you can adjust a lot of things like exposure, white balance, vibrance, saturation, sharpness, etc.
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Sep 08
I think professional photographer will like to use RAW format.
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@oiixdaii (1059)
• Philippines
12 Sep 08
Yup, I think professional photographers uses the raw format when taking pictures but I suggest that even hobbyists should also practice taking pictures in raw format.
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@craisy (31)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Raw is mainly used by professionals. A jpeg image is automatically processed in camera, a raw image is not processed by the camera and is usually processed in photoshop or other editing software. Processing usually involves color saturation and sharpening.
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
3 Sep 08
But there are some digital cameras which will provide you the RAW format digital photos.
@craisy (31)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Raw is an option in addition to jpeg on digital slrs and some higher end cameras, on some cameras you can actually save the same image in both formats.
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@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I shoot RAW sometimes, but not too often. I prefer to shoot jpeg. There are some benefits of RAW. The main benefit is that you can adjust the white balance after you've taken the photo. This gives your photo a more natural color. I personally haven't noticed any problems with the white balance or color in my photos. I've shot a lot of comparisons between RAW and JPEG, and I really haven't noticed a lot of differences in my photos. In fact, most of the time I like the way the JPEG photos look better than the RAW photos. I also don't print my photos often. For someone who prints out all of their photos, then maybe shooting RAW will have a lot of benefits. RAW files are a LOT larger than JPEG files, so you can't take as many pictures when shooting RAW. Among professional photographers I know and work with, I've found just as many that shoot JPEG than those who shoot RAW.
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 08
I learn more from you, thanks
• China
12 Sep 08
I don't know how to keep it with raw format.When my photo are kept in compiter,they are already the JPEG Files.So,hehe,I shoot them JPEG.You are familiar with photoes,I think,trickiwoo.
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@moondan (714)
• China
1 Sep 08
When i was only a child,most of my phones are all print out.There is no digital camera.With the development of the world.Most of the people have digital camera. The deep impress of me during the vacation,most of the travelers all have one digital camera.This trip i take more than two hundreds phones in my camera.My mother advice me to print them out.She always sees her phones when she was young.They leave good memory for her.I think she is right,but it takes so much money to print them all out.So i decide to choose a few of them to print them.I think it is good to treasure up.Maybe i can treasure one up in my burse.
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@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 08
Perhaps you can try to print your digital photos from kachayu.com and nowadays it offers free delivery. I printed my digital photos from that website for several times.
@moondan (714)
• China
2 Sep 08
Thank you for your advice.I will have a look.
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@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
2 Sep 08
Hello youless... I've always used JPEG...sometimes Bitmap, but mostly the other. I've never heard of the .raw extension. Then again...I'm "from the old school." cdrxo
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 08
Thanks for your response.
@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 08
Thank you!
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Bless your heart, I point and push the little button and that is all i know about my camera.
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@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 08
Most of the people do the same
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Youless, you can not print from RAW format. You have to convert it for TIFF or JPG. RAW format is giving you the option to work and make an adjustment if needed. You can open RAW only in few applications like Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture.
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@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Sep 08
I learned something new, thanks
@williamjisir (22904)
• China
1 Sep 08
Good evening, youless. Mine is JPG. I don't have the other format type. It is new to me.
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@youless (91111)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Sep 08
In fact seldom people use raw format for digital photos, including me