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Some Very Basic Advice Needed

Fri Jun 27, 2003 10:33 am


About a year into photography now, and I'm just now starting to ask questions...

First off I will note I use the Sony F-707 camera, however I will ask these questions based on what generally would work best. Also I am putting memory card space and time aside, I ask purely from a quality point of view.

What I am wondering is...Is it best to take photos in the highest camera Res 2560x1920 and then crop the photo down to 1024 x 768, or will shooting in 1280 x 960 and then reducing to 1024 x 768 provide the same results. Again I am after the best picture quality possible.

Also I have been shooting in ISO 100, is this good? As far as Sharpness or exposure correction I have used None, is this acceptable, or what settings have worked for you guys?

Finally, is it best to shoot in TIFF or JPEG? For my camera these are the choices I have....

What it comes down to is, will I get a better shot taken at 2560x1920 TIFF then edited in PS to 1024x768 JPG, than if I just shot a 1280x960 JPG in the camera and edited to 1024x768 JPG...

Some very basic questions that I prolly should have asked in the beginning, I hope you guys can please help me as much as possible.....

Ryan - The Arctic Adventure
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RE: Some Very Basic Advice Needed

Fri Jun 27, 2003 10:47 am

Ryan, you're at a great advantage being where you are. It seems like your airport gets so many large cargo aircraft, the background is AMAZING, and evne though it seems to be often cloudy, you can take advantage of that by shooting AGAINST teh sun late in the day to get a nice glossy effect (as learned form Jason Taperell).

I don't know about the detaisl you asked. But I liek your shots man.

Email me bro. bigphilnyc@yahoo.com, or pdernerjr@hotmail.com
Phil Derner Jr.
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RE: Some Very Basic Advice Needed

Fri Jun 27, 2003 11:11 am

Shoot at the highest resolution you can....Tiff or HQ jpeg. (TIFF gives you lots to work with, but takes up lots of memory.)

Best bet is to generally leave the sharpening for post processing, so leave your camera on no sharpening. (F717 owners may have more specific info there..)

You will get best results if you shoot at the highest res and then downsize to 1024.

ISO/ASA 100 is good.

General rules that you already seem to be following. Happy shooting!!  Smile

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RE: Some Very Basic Advice Needed

Fri Jun 27, 2003 11:12 am

Ryan, here we go! First, shoot at your highest resolution! ALWAYS! ALWAYS! Then resize in photoshop. Next, 99% of the time you'll be using ISO 100, nothing else, unless you're shooting with little light. Finally, JPEG! TIFF just takes up a lot of space, it takes forever to write to the card, plus there isn't any notable difference on most cameras between TIFF and JPEG (SHQ). Hope that helps!

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RE: Some Very Basic Advice Needed

Fri Jun 27, 2003 6:48 pm

Yes always use highest res.! It will give you the opportunity to crop much more  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Some Very Basic Advice Needed

Sat Jun 28, 2003 1:34 am

I have a Sony F717, and sometimes use an Olympus TCon 17 with it. Yesterday @ BFI, I tried shooting in TIFF for the first time. It took almost 30 seconds to write the image to the memory stick! When I viewed the pictures later, I noticed little difference in editing the TIFF vs. JPEG.

My PS skills aren't very good, but I don't see a reason to go back to TIFF after yesterdays results, especially when you consider the write times and file size (14 megs).

I always shoot in the highest resolution too, then crop/resize.
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