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The camera which I am using (recent gift) is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30.
The Canon digital IXUS 65 was my last camera ( uploaded some old shots ).
I have no software and it looks as though I can't shoot in raw with my current camera, if not at least I have learnt something from your replies that would be useful in the future. Will read through manual again.
Many thanks everyone.
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eats 'shoots' leaves?
Touché = masculine past participle
Touchée = feminine past participle
Neither are adjectives.
Gosh we learn so much on here, don't we?
Even photography-related stuff, occasionally!
I get the impression that some of the posters in this thread are a little "touched"
There may be settings in your camera that allow you to choose which format the camera makes the image. Mine is set to take/make both raw and jpeg. I can also choose the quality of them both i.e. low, med, high.
One disadvantage of using my settings is the impact on the amount of space on the memory card. The jpeg allows me to see what the camera believes the image should look like and the raw allows me to process the image to how I want it to look. However memory cards are not too expensive.
Raw images can be tweaked in photo applications like PS as you say the camera manufacturers also supply software to manipulate the raw image. Manufacturers software is only for their camera raw. The non camera manufacturer software PS/GIMP etc. are non camera specific.
BTW you don't mention what camera you want to set up, it may help if you do so that someone on here can give you specific settings for the image type (raw, jpeg)
If you shoot in raw, the preview on the camera is the one your camera edits still. For example you can shoot raw, change the settings to black and white in camera. Shoot a photo and it will show black and white, but the when you view the raw file it will be colour. Or at least that's how it is using Canon. Might save you shooting a jpeg.
Quote: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
I might be wrong but I don't think this camera has a raw setting. Link to spec
My advice would be, if you dont have any processing software stick with JPEG. I am quite an experienced ameteur now and have also been on a few photography and photoshop courses. I still dont use RAW for 'general' photography but do fully understand the advantages that many people are talking about in this thread. For me its main disadvantage is the size of the computor file it creates taking up space on your pc and card. It sounds as if you are a beginner if I may put it that way, if so stick with JPEG, get some experience with your camera, book yourself on a cheap local part time course and read up on digital photography. I found, when starting out, Practical Photography magazine was a great help because it tends to cover the basics whilst still appealing to a wide range of ameteurs.
A good starting point for enhancement software is Photoshop Elements. This can be bought for about £50 and actually comes free with some hardware like printers. You may even get an older version cheaper still. I still only use Elements 8 myself. Good luck, and I hope this helps. Rich.
Thanks RTR, your right i need to learn to walk before i can run so to speak.
Quote: I get the impression that some of the posters in this thread are a little "touched"
We wouldn't be photographers if we weren't!
You don't have to be crazy to be an artist - but it sure helps.
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