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Tiff or RAW

12 Feb 2022 7:56AM
is tiff better than raw[found my old camera that can shoot tiff is this better than raw]
Philh04 17 2.3k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2022 8:26AM
Tiff will be better than jpeg but is still converted from the raw data in camera so raw is the better format overall.
12 Feb 2022 8:27AM
thanks for reply
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2022 9:06AM
tiff is also often only 8 bit.
8 bit contains less information than 12, 14 or 16 bit RAW.
Dave_Canon 16 2.2k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2022 10:23AM
Indeed you would have to know how the TIFF file was created and how many bits. The best result will be to use Raw for initial editing. After tonal adjustments etc. in LR, I open the images in PS and they are rendered as 16 bit TIFF at that point. I continue editing in 16 bit TIFF and all the Plug-ins I use handle 16 bits. If I have reached the end of editing and know I will make no further changes, I may then save as an 8 bit TIFF. So I keep the Raw and TIFF files for the future to create prints or for use in projection or web.

12 Feb 2022 10:04PM
thewilliam2 6 1.6k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2022 11:09AM
We always use 16 bit TIFF, made from RAW, for processing because tones are so much smoother than with 8 bit. This is a survival from the days when we used 6 Megabit cameras and needed to squeeze the last bit of quality from the camera file.

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