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HelloBirdy
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What is the best flie type to save photos? What are the pros/cons of each image file type?

Annie W
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Depends what you shoot in to start with I guess HB.  Personally, if I shot in jpg I would just transfer them to my laptop as is, as jpg's.  If you shoot RAW, another personal choice which would depend on how much memory you have to spare on your PC.  I shoot RAW (much more detail retained), ditch the duds, save the rest of the RAW only converting and editing any into jpg if I'm sharing them on the web or printing etc.  Jpeg is more universal and generally thought of as best suited for photographs as far as being better during compression when converting (less loss of data/detail), although that's a very basic summary smiley.  

NW Tasmania

Reflex
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Annie W wrote:

Depends what you shoot in to start with I guess HB.  Personally, if I shot in jpg I would just transfer them to my laptop as is, as jpg's.  If you shoot RAW, another personal choice which would depend on how much memory you have to spare on your PC.  I shoot RAW (much more detail retained), ditch the duds, save the rest of the RAW only converting and editing any into jpg if I'm sharing them on the web or printing etc.  Jpeg is more universal and generally thought of as best suited for photographs as far as being better during compression when converting (less loss of data/detail), although that's a very basic summary smiley.  

I agree with Annie 100% and think the above is a great explanation. Raw files eat up memory like nothing else!

Samford Valley Qld.

Canonguy
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In the next issue of Australian Aviary Life magazine, I will have part 4 of Bird Photography School available. It actually deals with the digital exposure, which is not really as simple as checking the LCD on the camera to see if the image is right or not. There's more to it. 

I cannot reproduce it until after publication date, but the gist is if you want the best possible image quality with the best tonal gradations, exposure possibilities, then RAW is the only way to go. Sure files are about 3x bigger than the large/fine jpegs, but you get what you "pay" for. 

If you're a serious photographer then you shoot RAW. For happy snapping jpegs are fine, as is complaining about noise in images, which you will have much less control over when shooting jpegs. Storage is cheap, storing RAW files is not an issue nowadays.

vas
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I myself shoot in jpeg + RAW and backup everything. In forums and flickr i just use the jpegs because it's quick but should the need arise for better quality versions i then would edit the RAW file for a super clean or much cleaner image. Like canonguy said storage is cheap these days.

miccro
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.RAW

Even if your not yet editing much, shoot RAW + jpeg, at a later stage you may be able to come back to your previous images in RAW and make the most out of them. 

If a RAW file, it will need to go through some sort of RAW converter/ editing software. To be saved and used on the internet or in emails JPEG is current file type of choice.

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