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Old 31-07-2009, 21:03   #1 (permalink)
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Raw or Tiff

hi all

just a quick one guys,just got my nikon d300 and going thru the menu's i noticed that i can shoot in raw and tiff as well as jpeg,i normally shoot in raw with my other nikon but will shooting in tiff give me anymore advantages....


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No - just larger files! The output from the sensor is RAW and often includes data that is lost when converted to other formats, so it's better to do any adjustments on the RAW file before conversion.
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The biggest disadvantage would be the lack of fine tuning you can do with a RAW file. Not sure if the filesizes would be smaller giving more shots on a card. I also don't know if the camera applies any processing to a tiff like it does with a jpeg.

Someone who knows better will be along soon.

I usually save my converted RAWs as tiffs for editing and/or storing.
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What Silkstone said

But you could always do your own experiments just for interest's sake
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Re: Raw or Tiff

I have a Fuji that does TIFF, it gives you better results than JPEG, but my Canon does RAW (CRW) and that is even better...

TIFF... the "In Short" explanation...
Tagged Information File Format, is now "Owned" by Adobe (I think a company called Aldus was the original "Inventor" ) it has had no significant updates since '92, and was the original format that was adopted for scanned documents by "everyone" where before many people used different formats.
Its a high-definition high colour depth format that is "one better" than JPEG, PNG, that included all the header data (File size etc) as an all-in-one file, that also includes all applied file compression data, so was bloomin' useful in the 80's and 90's.

However, RAW format is constantly updated as camera's get better, using a wide gamut colourspace in its conversion, therefore, you can get more delicate and precise adjustments.

Raw... there are hundreds of different RAW formats, dependant on which image creator you are using, be that camera, scanner, or whatever.

Benefits of one over the other...

TIFF is a more widely accepted format "Used by all", and therefore understood by more image manipulation software, it has a higher definition than JPEG, but not as good as RAW

RAW... being it has many different "Flavours", you may find certain software, such as the windows picture viewer, needs and Add-On or Update to be able to handle those files...(For the windows RAW viewer, go here...)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
(Link is Microsoft's own website, checked as "Safe" by Norton)

Once you have that "Codec", for want of a better description, on your system, it gives a wider range of abilities in image manipulation.
Most decent photo production software will have the ability to process all different file formats, the more exotic ones will be available as updates, where and when they become available.

As a quick approximate comparison ...(No points for accuracy...)
If JPG can look at a pixel and apply a couple of thousand different colour variations to it, getting a "Best Fit" of what it has available,
TIFF can apply hundreds of thousands different colour variations...
Raw would look at it and go "Well... what colour is it supposed to be in the first place" and apply THAT colour

Does that help?...

My view, for what its worth, I would go for RAW.
The camera I have is capable of quite good photo's, (when I get it right... ) so why go for a lower grade result...
Yes it takes up file space, but an extra CF card to shoot them on is not that expensive, and most systems have got disk space to spare... you can pick up a one terabyte internal drive for under 50 these days....
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thanks for the reply's,i will stick to my raw shooting ..... and save as tiff's for storage and editing when needed......i think...
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