Types of Photograph Image Formats

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

With the use of digital cameras there are a few things that come into play when you're taking your photographs and one of those things is the photograph image format you take your photographs in. For example, with the film cameras you had the option of using color positives, color negatives, black and white positives or black and white negatives.

This was a photograph image format that your photographic data was stored in. The same applies with digital cameras as well, and there is a photograph image format in which you can store your photographic data. It has nothing to do with positives or negatives this time, and everything to do with bits and bytes and how the little micro processor that reads the data from your memory card.

When you take a photograph, the information that the camera sees through the lens is stored on the memory card in a language that the computer understands.
For our purposes there are few different photograph image format that we can choose from, in which to store the details of our photographs, and we need to decide on what it is.

Having now hopefully, successfully navigated past that I can now go on to tell you that of the different types of photograph image format in which you can save your data, there are a few that most photographers use more often than not.

The RAW photograph image format has a great many advantages to be had, and these I have to say quite negate the disadvantages, if there are any. You know for a fact that nowadays memory cards are more and more inexpensive, allowing you to own more than one or two cards. Yes, sometimes RAW photograph image format files can be larger than the JPEG photograph image format, but the advantage of having a lossless file format far outweighs the fact that RAW photograph image format files are larger.

Whereas JPEG photograph image format files compress and therefore are prone to some loss of data, RAW photograph image format files aren't prone to this loss of data.
But the biggest advantage as far as I'm concerned is the fact with RAW photograph image format files the image data that gets saved is the most basic data of all and when you transfer this to your computer, it makes it easier to work and change things around in your photograph using the photo editing software.

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