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July 08, 2011

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It's nice to know that I am not the only person that realizes the amount of care required to shoot jpegs. Of course there was a time when a camera was basic and required attention to lighting, f/stops and everything modern photographers take for granted.
Such care is becoming a lost art.


I've been forced to shoot a lot more jpegs lately because my 2 year-old has absconded with most of my memory cards! I had to shoot an entire 4th of July parade last Monday on one 2GB SD card, so RAW was simply out of the question.

The K7 does a pretty nice job with jpegs out of the box, though. I've had little problem making decent 8x10s out of the files.

Useful and sensible info, Thanks

"I don't always shoot JPEG... but when I do, I prefer Shutterfinger's tips. Stay thirsty (for great pictures) my friends."

For the benefit of those who may not know what Jorge's quote is alluding to, it's a series of commercials for a Mexican beer called Dos Equis (Two Xs), wherein "the most interesting man in the world" declares that he doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, it's Dos Equis. And now, since that explanation just made me thirsty, I bid you hasta luego.

Good advice!
Add to the list of things to NOT do when using jogs: do not work on originals and do not save over an original file. Each time you save a jpg, it compresses the file a bit and loses some detail. Most programs like iPhoto manage that for you. I have not been able to track down real info, but it seems like jpgs are much better than 10 years ago.Certainly cameras and photo editing programs are much better as they can squeeze a lot more from a jpg than before.
I just had a 30x40" print made from a 12 mp jpg an it looks great. Of course a lot of technology went into that print...

I never use RAW, except when I shoot with the Leica M8.2 or M9, as those cameras deliver a crappy JPG (worse than it was 10 years ago, to quote Jim). Therefore I find your advice very useful for everybody taking real-life photographs as a hobby, a job, a form of art, whatever.
In my experience JPG shooting turns out to be tricky sometimes. You already went over the white balance matter. Yet I would like to go back to the overall exposure issue.
Given the narrow dynamics delivered by the digital capture (more on the side of a transparency than a negative film), my experience tells me that the expose-to-the-right rule is essential. Which forces us to use the live histogram intensively. If available, of course. Or to thoroughly review the histogram of the first shot and then manual expose accordingly until lighting conditions change. This procedure still further simplifies the post-processing job in front of the computer, as we will bring home a series of files with consistent exposure values.

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