Reality Check Choosing the Right File Format

Here are some guidelines to help you choose your file format. Use JPEG:

■ For almost all consumer and business photography projects

■ For photos that will be emailed or uploaded to the Web

■ For photos that will be output using direct connect printers or processed in kiosks (see Chapter 20)

■ When time and storage space is more important than image quality

Use TIFF:

■ When image quality is your greatest concern, but your camera doesn't offer RAW capture

■ For the highest-quality photos that can be read by all computers, printers, and software

Use RAW:

■ For the very-highest-quality photos

If you have the expertise (or the sense of adventure) for using the complex software-editing tools required

To save time in shooting, though your postponed editing will take even longer

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