Mini Professional Photography Course: File Formats

Here's another great professional photography course. If you are a novice photographer or a photographer that is looking to brush up on their skills, you must learn about the different digital file formats made available to you. File formats, portability and understanding which format is best for websites, photo editing or other uses is an important skill to master.

Step 1 - Understand Raw File Formats

You can take pictures in the raw mode of your digital camera. A RAW file format is the preferred file format for anyone looking to further enhance, update or change their photo. RAW files are compatible with only the more professional digital editing software, such as recent versions of Adobe Photoshop. It gives you great flexibility when retouching photos, such as complete control over the white balance even after the photo has been taken. Using your digital software, you can update the colors, resize the photo, recolor the different sections on the photo and enhance your photo subject. Everything is made possible through a RAW file and a great digital photo editor.

Step 2 - Understand JPEG File formats

JPEG file formats are a compressed type of file. They are one of the more popular file formats. It is an interchangeable file format that provides a standard for how a picture format should act and look. There is little that you can do to alter or change the JPEG file format, from a photo editing stand point. It is a great format to use in conjunction with your online advertising, to display your portfolio of photographs online and to transfer files back and forth from one place to another.

Step 3 - Understanding a TIF file

This type of file is similar to a JPG in that it really cannot be used for altering purposes by using a photo editor. However, this file can be used and sent either in a compressed or uncompressed fashion. As a compressed file, it is probably the smallest photo file you will find out there.

Step 4 - Do You Know PNG?

This is a newer format type for picture files. It also uses a compression standard called ZIP. It is a versatile file and it is generally designed to be a royalty free component.

Step 5 - How about GIF?

Gif files also uses LZW compression. They work great when used with indexed colors and they rarely contain dpi information.

Step 6 - Understand LZW compression

We've talked a lot about compression and compression characteristics. Generally speaking it is characterized as a lossless compression technique. It is simply a computer program that allows you to convert your photographs into a compressed file format (like those that we have spoke of above) and it allows you to make your files portable. At the same time, you will not lose any inforamtion relative to the photograph. Therefore, the colors will stay the same, the size usually remains constant and the aspect ratio of your subjects also look very much the same as they did in your original photograph.

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