File Formats

JPEG: This type of files are compressed in the camera. Some cameras will give you the option of low, medium, high quality. This file format is mainly used for personal photos, small prints, social media, when you dont edit the picture as much, etc.

TIFF: This file format is commonly used in the photography industry. TIFF’s are usually not compressed therefore offering more quality at larger sizes but they take up a lot of space both on you memory card and computer.

RAW: This film format allows you to get the highest quality in your pictures. While using RAW file format it requires a lot of memory card. It requires basic editing skills and a lot of processing time.

DNG: This file format was created by Adobe attempting to provide a standard RAW file for all manufactures and camera. When saving images under RAW you run the risk of not being able to access them later in the future. However when saving them on DNG file format you will be able to access them in the future.

PNG: Pictures saved as a PNG format are compressed. This means lossless for good image quality. When saving images the quality isn’t as good for printing quality.

GIF: This file format makes the image quality not as good. It takes much of the quality away however it allows animation. The colors in GIFS only allow for 256 colors therefore it means choose images with certain colors.

BMP: In this file format it requires a big space because it is a big file. they require high quality in digital version. This means it is ideal for printing but not for the web.

PSD:This file format is great for multi layers. it allows for manupulatkion on all different layers not just one. The great thing about this file format is once the image is done and ready you can save it and save it again as a different format.


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