A&P I'm a big noob. I have a question regarding file types.

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  1. beckington

    beckington New Member

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    Two days ago I got the itch to take up photography. :rofl:

    $800 later, I now own a Nikon D40, a 2gb scandisk, a nice case, and a 2 year accidental protection plan from circuit city. :)

    I've been playing around with the camera and figuring out how everything works and have gotten the basics down.

    I'm only 20, and I'm mostly using the camera for recreational purposes and to just point and shoot here and there. Nothing major, so I figured the D40 was the way to go.

    Well, now the past day or so...I've been taking pics in JPEG format and uploading pics onto my pc and saving them, editing them etc etc.

    My question is...what are RAW files and what are the advantages and disadvatages to using them, rather than JPEG?

    Thanks guys!
     
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    protection plan :rofl:
     
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    Why didnt you just buy a point and shoot and save yourself $600?
     
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    I wanted to have the best entry level SLR. Money really isn't a concern with me.
     
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    The Nikon comes with a shitty 1 year warranty on parts only and man. defects.

    This warranty plan covers anything, from dropping it on the ground, breaking the screen or having it fall into a swimming pool.
     
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    Nikon body comes with 2 years
    Nikon lenses come with 5 years
     
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    jeepilot Banned

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    there was a little book that came with the camera. Probably said something like "Nikon D40 Owners Manual" I suggest you try reading that first.
     
  9. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    you wasted your money.

    and 20 with no worries about money... trust fund baby?
     
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    RAW files are basically "untouched" by the camera's algorithms. They are recorded exactly as the camera sensor saw them. A JPG file is smaller, but has been "processed" by the camera. Since the camera's algorithms are pre-set, you may not always see the best reproduction of the image.

    RAW files are larger and will contain a wider range of contrast and brightness. They will also need to be post-processed by you, best done in Photoshop.

    Raw files can be saved as TIFF files that contain 16 bits of info - JPG's are saved as 8 bits - i.e. less info, fewer brightness levels.
     
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    ohio state son :hsugh:
     
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    :rofl: The salesman tell you that? Im 99% sure it just coveres defects, not abuse such as dropping it into a pool, or really dropping it period.
     
  13. Dox

    Dox Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey. You've probably never

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    did the guy sell you a car as well?

    anyway, grats on your purchase
     
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    accidental protection coverage. It covers everything, including damage done by dropping it or even if it just stops working for some reason. They offer it on every electronic product they sell.
     
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    I don't feel I wasted my money. It was only $800. Oh, and no my parents did not pay for it. I work very hard to accomplish what i do, and make the money that i make.
     
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    he mid-as-well sold u a car....


    u sucker!!!!!

    who spends 800$ on a nikon?

    trust fund baby is right
     
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