Picture Processing

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Starscream67 Regular Member • Posts: 126
Picture Processing
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When converting your Raw Files what do you convert them to?  Jpeg, Tiff, etc??  What hold the detail better?  I have been using JPG just wondering if thats the best choice?

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When converting your Raw Files what do you convert them to? Jpeg, Tiff, etc?? What hold the detail better? I have been using JPG just wondering if thats the best choice?

Retain the raw files. Only export for specific uses such as prints, mobile, or sharing online.

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I always keep the raw files. I use TIFF for interaction between Lightroom and some other editing tools.

If you want something smaller than a raw that doesn't lose much from the original, DNG is a decent compromise.

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Starscream67 wrote:

When converting your Raw Files what do you convert them to? Jpeg, Tiff, etc?? What hold the detail better? I have been using JPG just wondering if thats the best choice?

Depends.  If I'm posting to the Internet, .JPG.  Much smaller file size, and as standard as you can get.

But if I have additional processing in mind (e.g. HDR, panorama, focus stacking), it will be 16-bit .TIFF files.  Uncompressed, and therefore HUGE file size.

Holding on to your raw files is a good idea, as has been suggested, for if no other reason that you will have better PP'ing software in the future.  At the least your PP'ing skills will have improved.

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Gloomy1 Regular Member • Posts: 487
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Hi I don't understand the question. Why do you want to convert your Raw files? If you are referring to processing them and saving the resultant processef image then I use 16 bit TIFF but also keep the original Raw file. Ken

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OP Starscream67 Regular Member • Posts: 126
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No I keep my RAW files just wondering what people use for posting

mcslsk Veteran Member • Posts: 6,281
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Starscream67 wrote:

When converting your Raw Files what do you convert them to? Jpeg, Tiff, etc?? What hold the detail better? I have been using JPG just wondering if thats the best choice?

Convert to JPEG - unless you plan on further editing outside the intial raw converter, in which case you may want to convert to Tiff. There is no difference in perceivable detail between JPEG and Tiff. The only reason to use Tiff for further edit is that it is uncompressed and so there will be no JPEG artefacts that increase the more often a JPEG file is edited and saved.

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Scott Alan Contributing Member • Posts: 530
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No I keep my RAW files just wondering what people use for posting

For posting use JPG with sRGB color, 8 bit, maybe 70% quality, and 1920 pixels on the long edge.  This works for me.  Be sure to use 8 bit sRGB as this is a common standard for internet use.

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AlephNull Senior Member • Posts: 2,457
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Starscream67 wrote:

When converting your Raw Files what do you convert them to? Jpeg, Tiff, etc?? What hold the detail better? I have been using JPG just wondering if thats the best choice?

I load RAW files, processing them into 16 bit. I save them as PSD files because i'm using Photoshop.

I produce JPG files only as output. It's a lossy format, and not suitable as a format to be loaded, re-edited, and re-saved.

For final output, though, 8 bit JPEG is convenient and effective. I set the colour space for my JPEGs to sRGB, with quality set to purpose.

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mujana Veteran Member • Posts: 7,367
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Starscream67 wrote:

When converting your Raw Files what do you convert them to? Jpeg, Tiff, etc?? What hold the detail better? I have been using JPG just wondering if thats the best choice?

For further working on files (maybe in a different program), and for printing:

Tiff

For anything else:

Jpeg

Always keep the Raw files.

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