Dumb Question?

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  • 07-04-2006, 06:49 PM
    statebirdme
    Dumb Question?
    Hey I had a question about my Nikon D50. This question may seem fairly obvious to most of you ,but I never thought to ask anyone before now, about this.....Currently my pictures are recorded in the Large JPEG fine size. In this setting each picture only takes up roughly 3 megabytes, and I was wondering if it's better to record as NEF images or NEF + jpeg basic instead of jpeg fine, because the NEF takes up the 6 megabytes , and would have more detail? Also, can I print NEF+JPEG Basic images and would these images have more detail than the JPEG Fine images I have been taking? I'm slightly confused so any assistance with this is immensely appreciated! Happy 4th of July to all!
  • 07-10-2006, 07:58 PM
    Lionheart
    Re: Dumb Question?
    NEF format is RAW format and requires processing to produce a separate output file, in whatever flavor you choose (jpg, tiff, png, etc). RAW images allow you to process with greater control than starting with a more less finished product (jpg). Having both simply saves you some steps in the digital processing work flow by handing you both the negative (RAW) and the camera's in house processed image in the form of a jpg image. RAW images alone saves you more space on your SD card, but then you have to do some post shooting processing to get a final image, but you get the image the way you want it.